To put in simple words, ethics is the principle of moral values which helps you to take actions that are considered as the right thing to do. However, doing what is ‘right’ is not that straightforward. Since everyone has different backgrounds and cultures, we therefore possess different conceptions and perceptions. This causes complication in the process of understanding the meaning of ethics as each person’s point of view on what is ethical varies significantly.
Ethics is not a set of rules that should be followed inevitably but is a guideline to lead you to behave with integrity. It includes values such as equity, responsibility, honesty, and fairness. The importance of ethics can be seen from the fact that many of what were considered as ethical behaviors in the past has developed into law today. For example, stealing is known as an unethical act and is against the law as it is an infringement of human rights and justice.
Ethics in our daily life and in business management practice is slightly different. The ethics which apply in the business world are not just simply a matter of the fact that lying and stealing is wrong. It helps the organizations to act responsibly to all their stakeholders, including the environment surrounding them. It contributes to the process of decision making, giving a sense of ethical reasoning to the managers and employees how they should act in a situation of dilemma. Being ethical in a business activity may not seem so relevant to the prosperity of the business in the short term however, it brings great long-run benefits to the organization in the end and this is the reason why successful businesses try to act ethically even when the process may turn out to be costly.… Read the rest