Business Ethics: Implications for Managerial Decision Makers
McKelvie, John N.
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Thesis reviews existing ethical models as a foundation for ethical decision making. Bias is discussed as it relates to the development of ethical frameworks. The need for managers educated in basic ethical thought is examined. The subject of social responsibility is separated from the subject of ethics. The author criticizes current efforts in business ethics instruction. These efforts emphasize case studies and de facto examination of management decisions. Students are taught existing ethical opinion and decisions rather than the skills necessary to perform decision making on their own. Finally, a suggested framework for making ethical decisions is offered that incorporates the notions of both intent and consequences.