Reactionary Essay to If Aristotle Ran General Motors, by Tom Morris

1278 Words Jun 24th, 2008 6 Pages

In the book, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, Tom Morris argues that the teachings of the ancients can and should be applied to today's corporation. His message is that the four virtues - truth, beauty, goodness, and unity - form the foundation of human excellence. Putting them into practice leads not only to self-fulfillment, but ultimately to an open, nurturing, and ethical workplace that is more productive and successful in the long-term. The purpose of this essay is to examine how Morris treats the system of ethics in relation to these four virtues.
Ethics and Big Business It's difficult not to be cynical about how “big business” treats the subject of ethics in today's world. In many corporations, where the
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I have also worked for organizations where employees are treated as valued members of a large corporate “family,” and I must prefer the latter. Putting it simply, I perform better under the those conditions, and I believe that this is probably true for most of us. It's important that employees feel as important and valued as most companies value their customers. In organizations where this is the normal atmosphere, employees develop and grow like seedlings placed in good soil and watered well.
Facing Challenges and Creating Karma Corporations face many pressures in the challenge of acting ethically and morally in the business world, and we face much of the same pressures in our personal lives. Competition is tough in today's world, and it is all too tempting to “pad” the sales talk with little white lies that perhaps no one would catch anyway, or to promise employees huge commissions when none are forthcoming at all in an attempt to attract quality salespeople. But there's something to be said for the subject of karma to which even a Christian can relate. In the Bible, it's called reaping what we sow. It's also what Morris calls “what goes around comes around,”otherwise known as the Rule of Reciprocity (Morris p. 153). This little rule is something I believe that the Lord placed in the world, just like the one I've told my son since he was a

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