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Five easy principles?

December 8, 2009 1 comment

This article talks about five ethical principles that should be the foundation of one’s life. Do no harm, make things better, respect others, be fair, and be comassionate are the five principles this article states should be used in everyone’s life if they want to live ethically. Are these the most important, or are there others that they forgot to mention?

http://www.businessweek.com/careers/content/jan2007/ca20070111_219724.htm

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Who should benefit?

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

This article talks about who should be affected by our actions and gives the order of them all. First, it should be yourself, then your spouse or partner, then immediate family, then distant family, then friends, then boss and co-workers, then members of the community, then fellow citzens, and then everyone else. Do you agree with that order?

http://www.businessweek.com/careers/content/jan2007/ca20070118_888225.htm

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promise-keeping

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

This article talks about the aspects of promise-making and keeping your promises in the business world. First, don’t make promises you can’t keep. Second, keep the promises you make. Third, if you can’t keep the promise for a legitimate reason, be honest with the person you made the promise to. Are there any other aspects you can think of?

http://www.businessweek.com/careers/content/jan2007/ca20070131_992542.htm

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Ethical Principle: Be Fair

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

This article talks about fainess and discrimination. It states that universities discriminate against students whose grade-point average and SAT scores are below a certain level. Employers discriminate against applicants who lack a required knowledge or skill. “Discrimination is unfair only when it’s based on irrelevant criteria” (Weinstein). What qualifies as irrelevant criteria?

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The Ethics of Resume Writing

November 1, 2009 5 comments

This article is about writing a resume for a job and when you cross the line ethically. This article states that “over 50% of people lie on their resume” (Korver). It also states that “executives caught lying on their resumes often lose their jobs” (Korver). It also talks about how people rationalize on their resumes. For example, “creating a more impressive job title because you were already doing all of the work of that position” (Korver), or “inflating the number of people or range of functions for which you had direct responsibility because you really did have a great deal of influence over them” (Korver) are rationalizations that people can put on their resumes. The best thing to do when deciding if whatever you put in your resume is ethical is to switch yourself with the hiring manger looking at your resume, or imagine your accomplishments on your resume were printed on the front page of the paper. Another thing the article suggests is to ask an old boss which may be difficult but will have its benefits.

http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/may2008/ca20080527_367723.htm

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The Ethics of Outsourcing Customer Service

October 25, 2009 2 comments

This article talks about how whenever a product you have purchased starts to have a problem, you call the company and they send you to a customer service associate over in India or the Philippines. You can’t understand what the representative is saying and when you ask to be transferred to someone in the U.S., you are put on hold for a very long time and eventually hang up. Companies do this because slashing labor costs by 25% to 50% keep the sharreholders happy. Even though this may seem like the right thing to do in terms of business, I think it will hurt the business in the long run and it is unethical as well. This will hurt the business because treating customers like this will make them stop buying from you and it is unethical because nobody, whether they are a customer or not, should be treated in such a way that makes them feel unwanted and unappreciated.

http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/sep2007/ca20070927_836850.htm

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Should I Lie to Help the Company?

October 18, 2009 7 comments

This article starts with an ugly busines situation. A man works for a publishing company that is struggling to stay in business. His boss gathers his employees together and tells them to go online to the websites where their books are being sold and write positine reviews of the books under fake names. He says that people really respond to positive reviews when it comes to buying books online. The man spoke up about this and questioned his boss if it was the right thing to do. His boss said that if he “didn’t want to be a team player”, then that was up to him(Weinstein). Is it morally right to post fake reviews online in hopes that you still have a job?

http://www.businessweek.com/careers/content/jan2007/ca20070103_759245.htm

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