Although the Ethics Resource Center conveyed as of 2013 that 41% of employees reported having witnessed misconduct in the workplacedown from 45% in 2011this percentage remains alarmingly significant (McGregor 2014). In fact these statistics seem to indicate an ongoing need to continue to strengthen commitment to ethical business practice. Business professionals and scholars need to know how to face ethical dilemmas and make sound ethical decisions. As a DBA independent scholar and global change agent you should have a basic understanding of various ethical frameworks and understand how these frameworks influence real-world business decisions. Northouse (2016) stated Ethical theories that deal with the conduct of leaders are in turn divided into two kinds: theories that stress the consequences of leaders actions and those that emphasize the duty or rules governing leaders actions (p. 333). Business leaders apply their ethical values daily for decision making in business. Understanding and analyzing various ethical frameworks can help you as you work to solve ethical dilemmas.
To prepare for this Discussion consider Case 13.2 How Safe Is Safe? on pages 351352 of Northouse (2016) and review the Albert Reynolds and Turan (2015) Lawton and Pez (2015) Hoover and Pepper (2015) and Gustafson (2013) articles provided in this weeks Learning Resources.
BY DAY 3
Post your application of ethical frameworks to the ethical dilemma posed in the case study. In your application do the following:
Be sure to support your work with a minimum of two specific citations from this weeks Learning Resources and one or more additional scholarly sources.
Northouse P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.
Albert L. Reynolds S. & Turan B. (2015). Turning inward or focusing out? Navigating theories of interpersonal and ethical cognitions to understand ethical decision-making. Journal of Business Ethics 130(2) 467484. doi:10.1007/s10551-014-2236-2
Gustafson A. (2013). In defense of a utilitarian business ethic. Business & Society Review (00453609) 118(3) 325360. doi:10.1111/basr.12013
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