Ethical Decision-Making: A Global Perspective

15 Pages Posted: 30 May 2017 Last revised: 25 May 2018

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Andrew Wicks

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

This technical note on ethics builds on and further develops the conversation about ethics. It provides background, language, and concepts to identify and analyze managerial problems from an ethics perspective. The focus of our use of these tools is to help managers understand the ethical dimensions of their decisions and to make defensible choices. Part 1 provides a brief summary of four traditions in ethics that are a key starting point for discussing what ethics is and how it works. Part 2 takes the broad summary from Part 1 and uses it to form four "decision rules" that are focused on application and used by managers to understand the moral dimensions of a given case. Part 3 highlights some of the key moral dimensions of thinking about ethics in a global context and provides a number of useful resources. Part 4 presents a series of tools for pushing decision-making in order to foster better choices and to limit the tendency to "rationalize" decisions.

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UVA-E-0380

Rev. May 21, 2018

Ethical Decision-Making: A Global Perspective

Introduction

This technical note on ethics will build on, and further develop, familiar ways to talk about ethics. It provides background, language, and concepts to analyze managerial problems from an ethics perspective. The focus of our use of these tools is to help managers understand the ethical dimensions of their decisions and to use that information to make responsible choices that managers can defend. Use this note as a reference guide and pay special attention to “Decision Rules” (Part 2) and “Guides to Help Avoid Rationalizations” (Part 4) because both will be used for the case analysis we will do in class.

Focus of business ethics

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Keywords: business ethics, ethics, ethical situations, standards of conduct, character and virtue, consequences, morality, globalism, cultural relativism, rationalization, stakeholder management

Suggested Citation

Wicks, Andrew, Ethical Decision-Making: A Global Perspective. Darden Case No. UVA-E-0380. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974179

Andrew Wicks (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/wicks.htm

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