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Discussing Professional and Personal Ethics

1. What are the similarities and differences in professional ethics and personal ethics?

2. How would you respond to a corporate decision to which you are ethically opposed?

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1. What are the similarities and differences in professional ethics and personal ethics?

Professional ethics are the principles and standards that underlie one's responsibilities and conduct in a particular field of expertise (profession):

(1). In other words, professional ethics are ethical codes, which are specialized and specific codes of ethics are written into
policy, specifying proper conduct to all stakeholders.

(2). Most professions have a specific code of ethics and principles listed in a book form for workers to refer to, which often has an ethical decision making model to help inform ethical decision-making in the profession. It is especially useful when there is an ethical dilemma as suggested in the second question.

Example 1: What is Professional Ethics?

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has offered the following definition: "Professional Ethics refers to those principles that are intended to define the rights and responsibilities of scientists in their relationship with each other and with other parties including employers, research subjects, clients, students, etc."

(3). Personal Ethics, on the other hand, has to do with a person's morals and their personal ...

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