Analyze ethical decision-making principles and actions. Analyze cultural and environmental influences on ethical decision-making.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this homework, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies:

I. Competency I: Evaluate the parameters for ethical decision making in 21st century multi-cultural business environments.

  1. Compare and contrast the four ethical approaches.
  2. Analyze the reasoning process behind an ethical decision.
  3. Analyze ethical decision-making principles and actions.
  4. Analyze cultural and environmental influences on ethical decision-making.

II. Competency II: Convey purpose, in an appropriate tone and style, incorporating supporting evidence and adhering to organizational, professional, and scholarly writing standards.

1. Write in a well-organized and concise manner that adheres to the rules of grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Overview

With this homework, direct your attention to personal ethical choices in the workplace. Motives are a key consideration in ethical decision-making. As you read through the various models and rationales used to make decisions on ethical dilemmas in your course text, think about the one that most suits you, your personality, and your own moral standards. In particular, refer to the four ethical approaches: Utilitarian, Deontological, Virtue, and Communitarian.

Then, you will identify an ethical issue that has impacted you and apply one of the ethical approaches to remedy the issue. This is an important exercise because the most crucial thing you can learn from this course is how to identify, analyze, and successfully resolve ethical dilemmas.

Preparation

To prepare for your homework, refer to the following readings:

I. Francis, R. D., Murfey, G. (2016). Global business ethics: Responsible decision making in an international contextLinks to an external site.. Kogan Page.

  1. Chapter 4, "Organizational Factors in Business Ethics," pages 61-86.
  2. Chapter 5, "Individual Factors in Business Ethics," pages 87-106.

II. Mayer, D., & O`Toole, J. (2010). Good business: Exercising effective and ethical leadership. Taylor & Francis.

1. Chapter 2, "How to do the Right Thing: A Primer on Ethics and Moral Vision," pages 29-43.

Instructions

Think of an ethical issue you have been a part of, either personally or professionally, such as nepotism, a data breach, inappropriate social media posts, or harassment/discrimination. Next, you will pick one ethical approach (Utilitarian, Deontological, Virtue, or Communitarian) and explain how you will use this approach to remedy the issue. Don`t forget to describe the ethical issue.

Follow the steps below to complete your homework. For all of these steps, make sure you provide examples and information from credible sources that will support your writing:

I. Step I: Compare and contrast the four ethical approaches.

II. Step II: Analyze the reasoning process behind an ethical decision.

III. Step III: Analyze ethical decision-making principles and actions.

IV. Step IV: Analyze cultural and environmental influences on ethical decision-making.

V. Step V: Evaluate a personal decision based on ethical decision-making principles.