Essays on Utilitarian System, Kantian Deontology, Ethical Reasoning Coursework

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The paper "Utilitarian System, Kantian Deontology, Ethical Reasoning" is a good example of management coursework,   The recent fall of disaster has been the Enron that has been covered in extension in the lay press and academic publications. (Conroy & Emerson, 2006; Healy & Palepu, 2003; Prentice, 2003;Swartz & Watkins, 2003; Watkins, 2003a, b). There has to be a new perspective by which the case of Enron has to be understood and that will be discussed in detail here. (Pinto, Leana, & Pil, 2008). There has been a variety of perspectives that have been offered for the crisis in business ethics and that has included a lack of moral grounding in management education.

(Ghoshal, 2005)The other problem that has been attached has included the more focused approach that will give importance to human values rather than organization-centric values. (Giacalone & Thompson, 2006)There have been cases when poor leadership has been blamed and there has been a failure on the part to acknowledge individuals that have led to moral deterioration. (Pinto et al. , 2008) An organization can be termed as corrupt when the organizational members in the form of a top management team would be undertaking a coordinated step towards doing corrupt actions that would be benefitting the organization.

(Pinto et al. , 2008). The other type of corrupt activity would be including the corrupt behavior to help the individual behavior and that will include the corrupt activity for self-interest. Utilitarian System It has been found out that the Utilitarian System would be admitting the motivation that will be influencing the human being in the form of the desire of power and desire of property. The theory put forward the theory that it is the interest of the man to rob and do the tyranny done.

The utilitarian system would be put forward the theory that human beings would be influenced by self-interest and a human being can choose to become a tyrant and robber. Utilitarian only admits one or two of the motives that influence man; a desire of power and desire of property; and therefore infers that it is the interest of a man to tyrannize and to rob. The basic nature of the human being would not be changing when the occupation is changing and that means the human being would not be interested in changing the role just because the human being has become a king and that can mean that king can become a tyrant and robber.

If one human being has the interest to become a robber then other human beings can become a robber and that can mean that the eternal principle of holding goodwill fails. The example that can be put forward on the theory of self-interest is that a young man would be feeling happy when he or she kills a rich uncle so that the millions can be inherited.

The rich uncle can be justified seeking pleasure in the form of self-interest as long as they can and that can mean the basic principle of self-interest. This type of utilitarianism can be stated as the hedonistic utilitarianism.


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