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Ethics Dilemmas: Parties with Conflicting Value Systems

Critics of modern culture insist that with the world becoming increasingly smaller it is becoming increasing harder to impose one cultural value system on another culture. Doing business, according to Norman Geisler, with other companies in other cultures, who hold different beliefs, is very problematic for the morally conscious.

Answer the following questions:

a. How do we handle ethical dilemmas when involved parties having conflicting value/ethical systems?

b. How do you handle ethical dilemmas when your own personal ethical beliefs are different from your employers?

c. How would you respond to the statement, "You can't legislate morality?"

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RESPONSE:

a. How do we handle ethical dilemmas when involved parties having conflicting value/ethical systems?

Often, the parent company will use its ethical framework for all business decisions, including those decisions involved in companies of different cultural value systems. However, when there are conflicting value/ethical systems, a comprehensive ethical decision making process is often used, which is guided by the company values and often one or more ethical theories/approaches. Here, the consequences to all stakeholders are considered, alternative solutions derived at, and then considering the consequences to each stakeholder, they choose which of the proposed alternative is best. However, the ethical values and principles will not be deviated from to any large extent e.g. accepting bribes is allowed in some cultures, although sometimes there is ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains how to deal effectively with ethical dilemmas when involved parties having conflicting value/ethical systems and when your own personal ethical beliefs are different from your employers. The statement: You can't legislate morality?" is also discussed.

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