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Chapter 2: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

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Chapter 2: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility BLAW

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These are notes from the second chapter of the book. Once again I have combined notes from the reading as well as notes taken in class. I hope this helps! ...
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Date Created: 02/06/16
Chapter 2: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility o Ethics: How people should behave o Laws may permit behavior that some feel is wrong and may criminalize acts that some feel are right The Role of Business in Society o Should the main focus be on the shareholders (owners of the company) or the stakeholders (employees, customers, etc)?  Problems occur when companies put the shareholders before the stakeholders Why Be Ethical? o It builds trust o People tend to pay more for products that are ethically produced o Unethical behavior = unproductivity Main Theories of Ethics o Utilitarian Ethics (Mill): A correct decision maximizes overall happiness and minimizes pain, thus producing a greater benefit o Deontological Ethics: It’s important to do the right thing no matter what o Categorical Imperative (Kant): You should not do something unless you would be willing to have everyone else do it too o John Rawls: Believed that our personal situations can be attributed to luck  Believes everyone should have opportunity for wealth  Rawlsian Justice: We should think about rules for a society we might want if we did not know our place in it o Front Page Test: How would you feel if your actions went viral?  Ex. McKinney police officer Moral Universalism vs. Moral Realism o Moral universalism: Some acts are always right or always wrong o Moral realism: A decision may be accepted if it complies with one’s own ethical standards  Cultural- right and wrong depend on society’s norms  Individual- when you develop your own ethical rules for justification Ethics Traps o Money o Competition o Rationalization o Conflicts of Interest gifts create bias o Conformity o Following Orders: Includes fear of punishment, intimidation, trust in authority, etc. o Euphemisms (Another form of rationalization) o Getting lost in a crowd Main Points o Understand the various theories of ethics and their meanings o Be able to determine the difference between moral universalism and moral realism o Grasp the importance of ethics and recognize the numerous ethics traps


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