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The Impact of Ethics on Decision-making Introduction When speaking of the impact of ethics on decision-making, it is hard to pin point a subject to speak on. Ethics is tightly intertwined with decision-making in business today. Objectivity, impartiality, integrity, honesty, and ethical principles above private gain - These are high ideals to which to aspire, and a challenge to maintain. Ethics or morality poses questions about how we ought to act and how we should live. Everything we do, or don't do, is a choice that can affect the course of our lives and the lives of others. Such ethics rest on universal values that cut across time, culture, politics, religion and ethnicity. ...read more.


There are many tools for decision making, but few guides to indicate when situations might have an ethical implication. Yet this awareness is a crucial first step before decisions should be made. Recognizing the moral context of a situation must precede any attempt to resolve it. Otherwise, what's to resolve? Every choice or decision made as a manager can involve, to one degree or another, ethics or ethical implications. As a manager, one must be aware of the often times, subtle influences of ethics in decision-making. Yet, our own beliefs, cultural background, upbringing, religious heritage and other things constantly influence us to look through our own filter during the decision-making process, sometimes blinding us to ethical implications not known. ...read more.


Conclusion Ethics refers to well based standards of right and wrong. Everything we do, or don't do, is a choice that can affect the course of our lives and the lives of others. Many decisions managers make require them to consider who may be affected in terms of the result as well as the means. Every individual is influenced personally by many things in their life, creating for them a filter in which to look through when making decisions. One's filter can sometimes blind them to ethical implications during decision-making. Ethics can influence our decisions in many ways. Works Sited Browne, M. N. & Keeley, S. M. Critical Thinking: Asking the Right Questions. Needham Heights, MA. Pearson Custom Publishing. 2000 McCall, M. W., Jr., and Kaplan, R. E. Whatever It Takes. Second Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. 1990 ...read more.

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