Myths about business ethics

  • Myth: Business ethics is more a matter of religion than management.
  • Myth: Our employees are ethical so we don’t need attention to business ethics.
  • Myth: Business ethics is a discipline best led by philosophers, academics and theologians.
  • Myth: Business ethics is superfluous — it only asserts the obvious: “do good!”
  • Many people react that codes of ethics, or lists of ethical values to which the organization aspires, are rather superfluous
  • Myth: Business ethics is a matter of the good guys preaching to the bad guys.
  • Managing ethics in the workplace includes all of us working together to help each other remain ethical
  • Myth: Business ethics in the new policeperson on the block.
  • Business ethics and social responsibility are the same things is generally a common myth among the people

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