Business Ethics

1. Many business situations can involve a subtle form of dishonesty that is sometimes referred to as “puffery,” “embellishment,” or “bluffing.” It for example, you are a college student about to initiate your first major job search, your resume is likely to be quite modest. It would not be uncommon, or perhaps as Albert Carr would say, unexpected, for a resume to be “padded,’ or “puffed up” in such a way that the truth is stretched in a way favorable to you. In labor negotiations, it is not unusual for a union to overstate its willingness to go out on strike or for management to overstate its inability to meet the contract demands of employees Are these examples, and others like them, acceptable from an ethical standpoint? is it “wrong’ to do these things? Why or why not? Assess the morality of what’s happening in these examples from the point of view of utilitarianism, Kant’s ethics, and rights-based theory. 2. Do you think that “whistleblowing” is an act of ‘disloyalty’ toward an employer? Why or why not? 3. Can an employer justifiably expect that an employee will keep his or her promise, even if that would violate the employee’s own sense of right and wrong? Why or why not?