Making Ethical and Unethical Decisions Essay

907 Words Jul 26th, 2010 4 Pages
In article seven, ‘How to Make Unethical Decisions,’ I read about how people choose to solve problems and make decisions. The highlighted problem associated, is that many people hastily make decisions without putting too much thought into them. Sometimes the use of ethical judgment can be put on the backburner and determining appropriate actions is heavily affected. It is important to analyze and understand commonly used unethical decision making practices, as well as look at appropriate guides that can assist in determining ethical actions.
Unsophisticated Decision Making Methods
The article touches on unsophisticated decision making tools and techniques. I think it is important to look at some of these examples and
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“Human feelings, personal instincts, and individual gut reactions are all individually and collectively poor decision determinants.” (Sikula & Sikula, 2008) The hardest one to grasp or wrap your head around is conscience and how it is indeed a bad rationale to utilize. Education and experience is needed to develop a conscience, which sounds like a good thing, but one must realize that people have learned unethical behavior through their experiences. Or as stated by Sikula (2008), a person may have no conscience, or possess one deranged by evil. Although conscience may be a better choice maker than others listed, it is still a pretty bad rationale.
Good Ethical Actions
There can never really be a truly perfect guide to ethical actions, but the authors did point out helpful suggestions one can use that would appropriate. Some of these suggestions include scripture, learned knowledge, formal education, and positive role modeling. Just like the Divine Command Theory, which involves taking God’s will to be the foundation of ethics, people use scripture as a guide. (Quinn, 1999) I wouldn’t necessarily use this method in a managerial setting, but it’s not uncommon for people to reflect on scripture before making major decisions. Learned knowledge is another big one in my eyes that people can use appropriately. It’s no secret that dramatic changes occur in young adults in their twenties and thirties when it comes to basic problem solving

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