Unethical Behavior Case Study

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‘Are unethical decisions more a function of the individual decision maker or the decision maker 's work environment?

Name: Rohan Kumar singh
DBS No: 10328932
Ethics considers what is right and wrong and whether conduct by individuals and organisations is good or bad. It is more than ‘a set of personal moral principles or values’.
It is ‘the principles, norms, and standards of conduct governing an individual or group’
Decisions of people in organisations are influenced by characteristics of both Individuals, groups and organisations.
(Trevino and Nelson, 2014)

The dictionary defines ethical as “conforming to accepted standards: reliable with concurred standards of right good lead". Since "right good lead" is subjective it might be troublesome
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Individuals are influenced by moral philosophies acquired through Socialization i.e., family, social groups and formal education.
2. Cultural backgrounds of individuals will influence unethical behavior in an organization.
3. Ego, self-esteem, strengths and attitudes of an individual also affects unethical behavior.
Organizational Factors:
1. Work environment, Employees in an organization also influences an individual in conducting unethical behavior.
2. Unethical behavior is influenced by the ratio of contacts with unethical patterns to contacts with ethical patterns.
3. Work Culture, Communication gaps in an organization also have high impact on unethical behavior.

Opportunity Variable factor:
The opportunity for an individual to be involved in unethical behavior will influence reported ethical/unethical behavior for example:
1. Professional codes, corporate policy of ethics in an organization will influence and individual to take unethical decisions.
2. The greater the rewards for unethical behavior, the more likely unethical behavior will be practiced.
3. The less punishment for unethical behavior, the greater the probability that unethical behavior will be
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based on this there exist various philosophies related to Utilitarianism, Justice and Rights which explain how individual create ethical standards. The philosophies divides assumptions of ethics into two types- teleological and deontological approaches. This approaches differ in terms of judging ethical behavior.
Teleological philosophies deals with moral worth of behavior determined by the consequences of the behavior. Utilitarianism come under teleological philosophy which connects to morality based on consequences and not on motives or intensions. Under utilitarianism, it’s unethical to engross into a deed which leads to personal gain.
Deontological philosophies stress the methods or intentions involved in a particular behavior. Standards to defend personal ethics are often developed under deontological philosophies. Right principle under deontology specifies minimum level of fulfillments and standards independent of
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