BUSINESS ETHICS BOOK
MANY BOOKS ON BUSINESS ETHICS for the general public teach values or rules; for example, “follow the Golden Rule.” But even if we have good ethical values to begin with, we can all become unethical—trapped by the situational pressures and selfdeceptions illustrated in this book.
Traditionally, books on ethics used in business schools or for undergraduate courses present vignettes of ethical dilemmas professionals are likely to face in their particular fields, such as pollution, sexual harassment, product safety, and discrimination, which have no clear right or wrong answers. To solve these “grey dilemmas,” such books usually outline a process that involves eight to twelve steps based on principles from philosophy. One of the top-selling business ethics texts includes the following process:
Twelve Questions for Examining the
Ethics of a Business Decision
1. Have you defined the problem adequately? 2. How would you define the problem if you stood on the other
side of the fence?
3. How did this situation occur in the first place? 4. To whom and to what do you give your loyalty as a person
and a member of the corporation?
5. What is your intention in making this decision?