CHAPTER 3

Ethical Foundations for Organizational Decision Making at the Operational and Strategic Levels

Thomas G. Pittz and Melissa Cast

New Mexico State University

Introduction

The field of business ethics is routinely bifurcated along two lines—normative ethics, which guides the behavior of individuals, and descriptive ethics, which is concerned with explicating and predicting the behavior of individuals (O’Fallon and Butterfield 2005). Both aspects are important but this review utilizes normative ethics in order to provide a framework for effective teaching of the discipline.

The objective of teaching a course in ethics is to equip the student with the ability to recognize and address ethical questions, and to do so with intelligence and ...

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