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Ethical decisions for individuals

Individuals all have the right to make ethical decisions on their own without being forced to take on a value or ideology of someone else. Organizations have a duty to its employees and customers to not only be ethical on paper, but actually display ethical behavior on in business as well as personal matters.

This ethical foundation that currently stands has risen from past successes and failures in the U.S. economy. These current principles remain consistent and non-negotiable due to the over-arching passion for justice and integrity to remain in this country. Over time this approach has become more deeply rooted on the basis of a moral philosophy that keeps in mind the severity of decision making as it relates to ethical issues.

When individuals take on a particular moral philosophy; consciously or unconsciously, the philosophy can quickly influence their behaviors and decision-making.

What happens is a person taking on certain characteristics of moral philosophies begins to strategize on ways to carry it out relentlessly, pushing aside any organizational obstacles that stand in their way.

Those exhibiting this behavior will also look to see how their particular moral philosophy can help them come to a decision which will primarily benefit them and not necessarily the organization as a whole.

Robertson & Crittenden made this contribution to the discussion: “Based on prior model development by business ethics scholars, and relationships established by cross-cultural researchers, a moral philosophy model of cross-cultural societal ethics is proposed. There are three unique contributions of this model that distinguish it from the work of prior researchers. First, it is primarily focused on the macro-level moral environment whereas business ethics research has traditionally been grounded in individual-level phenomena. Second, the model is built around moral philosophies, which have received minimal attention in the cross-cultural management domain. And third, it is designed to provide managers with a tool for understanding the moral views of their foreign counterparts” (Robertson & Crittenden, 2003).