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    Review the ethical cycle (attached). Discuss a decision made (at home or in the workplace), and describe the steps of the cycle in relation to your decision making process. Now review the section on rationalizing unethical behaviors (attached). What is the relationship between the ethical cycle and the three simple ethical tests used for business decisions?

    Rationalizing Unethical Behaviors
    Ethics is about being and doing the right thing, not just present the right idea. Corporations are not responsible for making ethical decisions made, ethical or unethical. Mangers will begin to cut corners and play accounting games when trying to raise share prices, ultimately trying to satisfy the shareholders and increase their own bonuses. The institute of Business Ethics has identified there simple ethical test to use for a business decision: transparency, effect, and fairness

    Simple ethical test:
    1. Transparency refers to deciding if one accepts having others know what one has decided. The more open and transparent a person is in discussing his or her actions with others, the more comfortable the person is that he or she has made the right decision.
    2. Effect refers to determining who the decision affects or impacts. Decision makers must always be aware of who will be directly or indirectly included by their actions. The decision maker must not assume that the effect will be only minimal to others.
    3. Fairness refers to determining if the decision would be considered fair by those affected by it. A decision maker must understand the perspective or each person who is affected by the decision to ensure the decisions is just to all.

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    The Ethical Cycle and Rationalizing Unethical Behavior
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    Review of the ethical cycle
    An ethical cycle is a five step systematic approach to solving ethical problems. In the first step is the identification of the moral problem and making a moral statement where two or more positive moral values that cannot be realized at he same time. The problem needs to be clearly stated with the actors identified and why it is a moral problem. In the second step a problem analysis is done on the ethic problem with key elements of the problem described. The stakeholders affected, the relevant moral values and other facts should also be identified in order to be able to properly analyze a problem. In the third step, a black and white strategy for generating possible options for actions should be done. Such options may include cooperation or whistle blowing. In the fourth step ethical evaluations of different options should be carried out using ethical frameworks to evaluate their moral acceptability. A reflection is necessary to understand the outcome of previous steps and to understand the outcomes of various ethical frameworks before finally arriving at a morally acceptable action (The Ethical Cycle, n.d.).
    Decision made in the workplace
    I once faced an ethical dilemma in my place of interning that was very had to resolve with favorable outcomes. The ethical dilemma was whether or not to I should address the issue where a few of my team members have taken the whole credit for a team project I and another member highly contributed in, yet one of the team member is my supervisor. After reviewing the various outcomes of various options for action, I decided not to report the matter and leave it as it were.

    Steps of the ethical cycle in the decision making process
    Moral problem statement
    As an intern in a big chain of department stores mainly dealing in foodstuffs I worked with a team of five people from the marketing department in order to come up with the best marketing campaign strategies for the companies' newest product. The company was introducing a health clinic within many of the company's stores with the aim of providing customers with easy and affordable basic medical services. The health clinic also linked patients with good and trusted medical service providers and various medical centers that provided specific services and also provided medical care fast with no appointment hassles. I suggested a "speed dating" technique to be used as a campaign tool where the marketing team would approach customers and briefly explain about the product, and then give them leaflets to refer. Speed dating was supposed to be a quick and clear strategy taking less than two ...

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    The ethic cycle and rationalizing unethical behaviors are examined.