The paper "Ethical Decisions Making " is a perfect example of business coursework. Ethical decisions making involves one being able to look at the implication of the choices made. This involves looking at the complex, ambiguous and incomplete facts to make a decision. Ethics are the principles that are used in determining what is wrong or right. One has to decide on a solution after evaluating a list of competing options. Ethics are used in determining the way in which a moral person is expected to behave. The decision on what is right or wrong is based on the norms, beliefs, family background, laws and habits of a person.
In order for one to make an ethical decision, they have to put their principles in action. The reason for being ethical varies from person to person. There are inner benefits, personal advantage, peer approval, religion and habit among others. Despite the benefits associated with being ethical, there are several obstacles that are faced. Some of the obstacles that are faced are self-interests and the pursuit of happiness (Roth, 2005). This essay will look at an ethical dilemma in which I am involved in.
the situation involves a case where I am supposed to inflate my expense account. The essay will give an explanation of whether my decision will be affected by my individual moral development or by the organization cultural values. An ethical dilemma occurs where we are faced with an ethical issue in which our choices have an effect on the interests of others, community or corporate. The dilemma is complex and no model can sufficiently explain it. In this case, the dilemma involves a case where I have to lie so that I can benefit from the corporate.
This can be regarded as misuse of the powers and assets of the company. According to this dilemma, if I inflate my expenses account, I will benefit from the corporate. I will also be able to gain peer acceptance from my seniors who are advising me to inflate it. If I refuse to inflate the expense account, I will face rejection from the seniors but I will have protected the company assets (Vardalis, 2010).
I will have acted to protect the company interests as well as my morals. This shows how complex such an ethical issue is. Every decision has consequences and one has to decide at the end. Every organization has a code of conduct. These are meant to protect the individuals from themselves and others who may want to abuse the power of their office. As a professional, one may decide to follow the codes or defy them. This is due to the fact that their authority does not rise higher than the moral authority of an individual.
The corporate culture uses a code of ethics that are based on ideal behavior which in some cases can not apply in real situations. For the employees, the code of ethics acts as a goal which they determine what is acceptable in the organization. In most cases, after the employees attain the set guidelines on the code of conduct, they rarely try to improve on them. Their motivation is reduced and they become less aggressive. This shows that the action to decide in an ethical dilemma cannot be based on the company culture but on the morals of an individual (Vardalis, 2010).
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