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A Note on Ethical Decision Making

17 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2008  

Andrew Wicks

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

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Abstract

This technical note provides a framework for the discussion of ethical issues in business and defines some of the key vocabulary and theories used in defining ethical decisions and situations.

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UVA-E-0242

Rev. Jan. 6, 2014

A NOTE ON ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

Introduction

This handout on ethics will build on and further develop the already familiar ways in which we think and talk 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 decisions. Use this handout as a reference guide and pay special attention to “Decision Rules” (part 3) and “Guides to Help Avoid Rationalizations” (part 4) because both will be used for the case analysis we will do in class. The remaining material (parts 5–8) provides additional background material that students may find useful.

Focus of business ethics

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Keywords: business ethics, ethical issues, decision making, morality

Suggested Citation

Wicks, Andrew, A Note on Ethical Decision Making. Darden Case No. UVA-E-0242. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=908749

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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