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This post addresses the MSDS business ethics scenario.

You currently work for MSDS, a strategic management firm located in New York City. Some of the organizations biggest clients have included Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey. All employees have been called to an emergency meeting by the Vice President. You all have just been informed that the president of the company does not like social networking via internet sources. He has advised all employees that if they have an account on Face book or My Space, they will have to remove it within the next 72 hours. Your president does not like the image of social networking and thinks it may hinder his possibilities of being able to go global with future endeavors. How would you respond? Is this ethical or not? How is this situation relevant to business ethics and ethical theory?

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There are a few different issues in this scenario. The actions of the president are not legal due to freedom of expression as long as the employees are not in any way affecting the profitability of the business. The employees can be forbidden from relating themselves in any way from the company while on social networking sites. The president can forbid employees to make any comments about their workplace on such sites. I would respond by informing the president that I would be happy to comply with the order to remove the company ...

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You currently work for MSDS, a strategic management firm located in New York City. Some of the organizations biggest clients have included Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey. All employees have been called to an emergency meeting by the Vice President. You all have just been informed that the president of the company does not like social networking via internet sources. He has advised all employees that if they have an account on Face book or My Space, they will have to remove it within the next 72 hours. Your president does not like the image of social networking and thinks it may hinder his possibilities of being able to go global with future endeavors. How would you respond? Is this ethical or not? How is this situation relevant to business ethics and ethical theory?

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