Ethics & Decisions

Using your book, class notes, and course materials, respond to the following six questions. Write at least three to four sentences on each.
What does social responsibility mean to you personally? Do you think business organizations should be socially responsible? Explain.
Do you think values-based management is just a “do-gooder” ploy? Explain your answer.
Internet file sharing programs are popular among college students. These types of file sharing programs tend to clog bandwidth and reduce local users’ ability to access and use a local network. What ethical and social responsibilities does a university have in such a situation? To whom does it have a responsibility? (who are the stakeholders?) What guidelines might you suggest for university decision makers?
What are some problems that could be associated with employee whistle-blowing for (a) the whistle-blower and (b) the organization?
Describe the characteristics and behaviors of someone you consider to be an ethical person. How could the types of the decisions and actions this person engages in be encouraged in a workplace?
Describe Kohlberg’s theory, contrasting the three specific levels with regard to ethical progression of behavior.
Decision Making
Respond to the following seven questions. Write at least three to four sentences on each, making sure to reference course material and your text.
Why is decision making often described as the essence of a manger’s job?
How might an organization’s culture influence the way managers make decisions?
All of us bring biases to the decisions we make. What would be the drawbacks of having biases? Could there be any advantages to having biases? Explain. What are the implications for managerial decision making?
Would you call yourself a linear or nonlinear thinker? What are the implications for choosing the type of organization where you want to work?
“As managers use computers and software tools more often, they’ll be able to make more rational decisions.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
How can managers blend the guidelines for making effective decisions in today’s world with the rationality and bounded rationality models of decision making? Or can managers do this? Explain.
IS there a difference between wrong decisions and bad decisions? Why do good managers sometimes make wrong decisions? Bad decisions? How can managers improve their decision making skills?