What should be done : a practical approach to business ethics

McDonald, Gael M. and Zepp, Raymond A. 1990, What should be done : a practical approach to business ethics, Management decision, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 9-14, doi: 10.1108/00251749010002775.

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Title What should be done : a practical approach to business ethics
Author(s) McDonald, Gael M.
Zepp, Raymond A.
Journal name Management decision
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 9
End page 14
Publisher Emerald Group
Place of publication West Yorkshire, England
Publication date 1990
ISSN 0025-1747
Keyword(s) Decision making
Summary The decision-making process in business frequently involves ethical considerations. Although ethics often come down to personal decisions, those decisions ultimately affect the corporate image of an organisation. It has been shown that sound ethics are good for business, and therefore it is important that managers encourage their staff to recognise and to implement the company's ethical priorities. This article looks at practical ways for managers to establish ethical priorities at three levels: an individual level, a group level and an organisational level. Each of these levels is explored, and the benefits and disadvantages of different action-related strategies for encouraging an ethical awareness will vary among companies, industries and cultures – no single method is universally appropriate. However, all managers should consider how ethical standards can best be introduced and communicated throughout their organisation. Ethics is not just a “flavour of the month” – it is here to stay, and presents a challenge to all managers.

Language eng
DOI 10.1108/00251749010002775
Field of Research 220102 Business Ethics
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024102

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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