Essay Business Ethics Reflection

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Business Ethics Reflection
Matthew Todd
XMGT/216
4/22/12
Mike Ishmael

Business Ethics Reflection
Matthew Todd
XMGT/216
4/22/12
Mike Ishmael

In my previous job, there was a couple of ethical dilemmas I had over a period of time, but I’m only choosing one of them to focus on in this paper. This situation involved me catching another co-worker stealing products from the shop. I didn’t say anything at first because I thought maybe this person had gotten permission to use these items. I decided from then on that I was going to watch this person closely, to see if they would take anymore products. Sure enough they did, and that was the moment I knew for sure they were stealing from the company. I felt like I had to do something
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Each decision that I played out in my head had a different affect on the out come of the situation. If I did nothing a told know one, then that person would just keep getting away with robbing the company. If anybody ever found out that I knew something about the stealing and never said anything then they might want to hold me partly liable. If I turned the person into management before confronting them, I think it could have possibly been unfair to that person because I didn’t consider any other variables in the situation. Just confronting the person about the stealing could make them very defensive and aggressive towards me. There are some similarities and differences in the relationship between virtue, values, and moral concepts in the dilemma. If just going off of virtue alone, I would have to turn the person without even questioning if they had a decent reason for doing it or not. The principle of the matter was that they were stealing from the company. Virtue is somewhat in conflict with my values in this case because, I believe that people deserve a fair chance, and if I can be the difference in them changing their life for the better instead of getting in serious trouble then I think I should.

Some of the ways external social pressures influenced business ethics in this situation, are how people

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