Behaving in an Aboveboard Manner and Judging Others Favorably: The Talmudic View

18 Pages Posted: 27 May 2017

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: May 25, 2017

Abstract

There were an amazing 700 cases of whistleblower complaints about Wells Fargo's dishonest sales tactics, yet no one did anything. Fox News appears to have been covering up cases of sexual harassment for many years. Clearly, there are problems that need to be addressed at many companies when it comes to allegations of unethical or immoral behavior. This paper examines two interesting Talmudic principles that are related: First, that a person is required to behave in an aboveboard manner and not act in a manner that will cause others to suspect that s/he is doing something immoral or unethical. Second, that one should judge others favorably and give them the benefit of the doubt. The problem of persistent rumors about misbehavior is also studied.

Keywords: Business Ethics, Talmud, Behaving in an Aboveboard Manner, Judging Others Favorably, Persistent Rumors, Wells Fargo, Fox News

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Behaving in an Aboveboard Manner and Judging Others Favorably: The Talmudic View (May 25, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974414 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2974414

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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