Essay on Business Ethics

2148 Words 9 Pages
University of California
Theresa Carter
Module 1 Case Assignment
ETH501: Business Ethics
Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Master’s paper submitted to the faculty of
University of California
In partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of
Graduate Diploma in Master’s Degree in
Business Management

The purpose of this assignment is to provide a critical analysis of the 2002 collapse of Adelphia Communications as seen through the lens of Immanuel Kant deontological ethics. This analysis will be accomplished by providing a brief time lime of the Adelphia, identifying and discussing two key ethical problems raised and describing what is meant by deontological ethics. More specifically this paper will show how
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Adelphia reportedly earned “$3.6 billion in annual revenues” 1 while leveraging its existing brand the customer base grew from “53.5 thousand to an estimated 1.2 million subscriptions”1. The financial success of the organization unquestionably bankrolled the Greek founders lavish spending habits with extravagant personal purchases. For personal gain, Rigas purchased Buffalo Sabres stake in excess of $20 million dollars12 and provided a saltish corporate social responsibility that would ultimately crown this founder, Coudersport, Pennsylvania’s richest man in town9.
In the ethics of deontology (duty) as expressed by Prof. Charles D. Kay “one should act so that you treat humanity, both in your own person and in that of another, always as an end and never merely as a means3”. Therefore, from the founder down to the Director of Internal Reporting each acted unethically, even though many say their initial actions displayed positive intent for the better good of the organization, its community and stockholders; ultimately led to the demise of Adelphia Communications Corporation.
Ethical Dilemmas
The business code of ethics is defined as what is appropriate behavior and what is not-in other words, it is the ethical obligation collectively for an organization as to what are acceptable decisions and behaviors in both the organization as well as its employees. After an exhausting trial

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