Moral Theory, Frameworks, and the Language of Ethics and Business

10 Pages Posted: 30 May 2017 Last revised: 17 Nov 2017

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Andrew Wicks

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

R. Edward Freeman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Jared D. Harris

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Bidhan L. Parmar

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Jenny Mead

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

Since ethics is an integral part of management, it is vital for managers to become comfortable with the language of ethics, and to understand how it is inextricable from the language of business. Students will examine key theories of ethics and how they apply to management decision making.

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UVA-E-0405

Rev. Nov. 8, 2017

Moral Theory, Frameworks, and the Language of Ethics and Business

The Language of Ethics

Since ethics is an integral part of management, it is vital for managers to become comfortable with the language of ethics, and to understand how it is inextricable from the language of business. We will examine key theories of ethics and how they apply to management decision making. These theories provide the content of ethics as we will use it in this course, as well as the terminology we can use to describe situations in ethical terms—both to see how ethics is part of the landscape and business and to provide resources for leaders to defend their choices.

There is a rich history and diverse range of ethical theory. While there are a variety of ways to frame this vast array of research, we can categorize them in terms of four different traditions we will use in this class:

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Keywords: ethical traditions, standards of conduct, character traits, consequences

Suggested Citation

Wicks, Andrew and Freeman, R. Edward and Harris, Jared D. and Parmar, Bidhan L. and Mead, Jenny, Moral Theory, Frameworks, and the Language of Ethics and Business. Darden Case No. UVA-E-0405. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974201

Andrew Wicks (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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R. Edward Freeman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
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Jared D. Harris

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.darden.virginia.edu/harrisj

Bidhan L. Parmar

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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

Jenny Mead

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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

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