Business EthicsThe Right Way to Riches

by Arthur Dobrin

Jeudi 10 octobre 2013, par stan // Ressources

Arthur Dobrin (born 1943) is an American author, Professor Emeritus of Management, Entrepreneurship, and General Business at Hofstra University, and Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island

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FOREWORD You may own your own business, big or small. Perhaps you work for a corporation as a middle-level manager or CEO. You may be employed in the public sector or serve on the board of a not-fpr-profit organization. You may own your own business or work for a publicly owned one. Whether salaried or self-employed, whether working for a profit oriented business or for a non-profit organization, in many ways the issues are the same. If you are a person who cares about succeeding in business and doing the right thing, then this book is for you. If you are the kind of person who only wants to get ahead, at whatever cost, don’t read any further. But if your character matters, if you have moral principles and want to protect them, if you want to do good and avoid harm, if you care about being fair, if what happens to other people matters to you, read on. Business people want to know what to do and how to do it. When you are managing an organization, there isn’t time for theorizing. As the old age goes, "Time is money. ”So ethics is often thought of as a waste of time. This is far from the truth. Ethics and business go hand- in-hand. The better you understand ethics, what constitutes a moral problem, and how to make ethical decisions, the more of a success you will be. This may not necessarily get translated immediately into higher profits or a more efficient outcome, but it will enhance your overall satisfaction with your life, add to the good of the community, and, in the long run, make your business a better one. The first time to think about ethics isn’t when you are faced with a moral problem. If you already understand the fundamentals of ethics, you will identify a moral issue quickly and be able to make sound judgments about the situation. In other words, you can approach the matter in a sound and ethical manner. You won’t spend an inordinate amount of time figuring out what to do and you will increase your chances of making the right, the good, the ethical choice. [....]