Typical examples might include decisions not to recall products because the potential financial cost to the organization of recalling millions of units is much greater than the potential financial cost to the organization of simply compensating victims of the malfunctioning products or their families where design or manufacturing defects present risks of harm to consumers (Halbert & Ingulli, 2008). Whereas organizational decision makers may view the only prevailing moral standard as being that which is dictated by law, the virtue ethicist would reject that approach out of specific concern for each and every potential victim of harm as well as by the profit-motive underlying that analysis (Hursthouse, 2005).
Ethical Perspective Evolution through the MBA Education Program
My perspective has not necessarily evolved during the MBA program. Rather, I would characterize the effect of the program on my ethical development as having greatly increased my awareness that objective moral values and genuine moral concern for the well-being of others can often conflict with business decisions and organizational policies.
That realization has helped me understand the need for me to focus on my communication skills to defend what I believe is morally right without alienating my supervisors and coworkers who may not necessarily subscribe to the same ethical perspective. Finally, that realization has also inspired me to strive to reach decision-making levels of organizational leadership so that I can contribute to the moral conduct of professional business as much as possible and much more so than is typically possible from lower positions of organizational hierarchies.
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