Think about these business ethics scenarios that happen in organizations every day.
- An employee surfs the Internet shopping for personal items on company time.
- A plant manager decides to ship product to a customer even though he knows the parts have a quality problem because the problem doesn't affect part function and the customer probably won't notice.
- An employee spends several hours a week on her cell phone talking with her children and their associated caregivers, schools, and friends.
- A salesman marks parts as "sold" in the company data base thus depriving others of the ability to sell the parts, even though his sale is uncertain.
- An employee takes extra office supplies home to stock his home office.
- A finance officer accounts questionably for purchases and expenditures.
- An accountant tells a supplier that their "check is in the mail" when he knows he hasn't written the check.
Do any of these situations sound familiar? Sure they do. You encounter these and others like them regularly if you spend any time in organizations. Are these "bad people" or "good people" making questionable ethical choices?
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