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Business ethics is the application of ethical values to business behaviour. It applies to any and all aspects of business conduct, from boardroom strategies and how companies treat their suppliers to sales techniques and accounting practices. Ethics goes beyond the legal requirements for a company and is, therefore, discretionary. Business ethics are an almost daily topic in the news, in business schools, in the workplace and in our homes. I pay close attention to business ethics and what is written about them in my daily life as a strategic thinking, planning and business coach.

There was a cyclonic storm and millions of fish were washed ashore and were struggling for life on the beach. A man came to the beach and patiently began to pick up the fish, one by one, and throw them back into the sea. There is little point in my telling you what is ethically right or wrong. You already have an interpretation of this. But let us understand what influences our interpretation of ethics; our interpersonal relations with others, such as our family, friends, neighbors, fellow workers, as well as the media.

Business ethics is a form of applied ethics that examines just rules and principles within a commercial context; the various moral or ethical problems that can arise in a business setting; and any special duties or obligations that apply to persons who are engaged in commerce. Implementing an ethics program in your organization accomplishes many things. First, research has found that greater attention to ethics in the workplace has actually improved society overall, in that we no longer have to fear poverty due to accidents in the workplace, and our children are no longer forced to work.

Because of business ethics, people in the workplace have more rights, and are therefore more productive. There are so-called professional ethics, and in particular – business ethics, which includes standards of entrepreneur behavior. Entrepreneurial activity is impossible without the numerous contacts with people; it is not designed to work alone. Business code ethics need to be part of your organization’s culture; and recent business ethics cases prove that need. Stories of large business fraud to small business embezzlement are being reported with ever-increasing frequency; unfortunately business ethics are under attack.

Ethics plays an ever increasing role in our society today, and environmental ethics and business ethics must be first and foremost. This has become more prevalent in our society today, especially after the Wall Street melt down a couple of years ago, and people have been swindled far too often by unethical business practices. The National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) provides an overview of ethics in the workplace and the 2005 version indicates that ethical misconduct is increasing. And this is after Enron, et al.

The NBES included more than 3,000 American workers and their survey showed that more than half of American workers have observed at least one type of ethical misconduct in the workplace. Ethics are a part of each of our lives, good or bad. And when it comes to business ethics, the same thing applies, because some businesses have great ethics while others have poor. If you aren’t sure where your ethical radar might fall, here is something you should remember.

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Business Ethics on the Job
This program defines what business ethics are, and identifies why they are necessary for success in the workplace. A series of engaging live-action vignettes help viewers to recognize the importance of key ethics such as honesty, loyalty, integrity, confidentiality and respect for others. The video can be paused after each vignette so that students may discuss how they would handle the situation that has been presented. Teens typically don’t have enough experience in the business world to recognize that the best workers are those who demonstrate superior ethical traits as well as diligent work habits. Designed to be enlightening and interactive, Business Ethics on the Job makes it clear how young employees must behave in order to be successful. Student activities in the Teacher’s Resource Book expand upon the points identified in the video, so that students can continue their exploration of the subject of business ethics.

The citizens of our nation are quite pissed off. They realize that corporate malfeasance, unethical behavior, and extremely bad decision-making (highly short term thinking) brought down our economy. In fact, it brought down the global economy and even the World Bank estimates that in 2009 the average GDP of the nations of the world will be down 8%. That’s a huge hit and that means a lot of people lost their jobs, it means a lot of small businesses lost everything, and it should be a warning for us that we need better business ethics.

Still, before we go and chastise our businesses we must also look at our elected representatives; how they had their hands in the cookie jar as well. Further, we should consider all the people who tried to buy homes by falsifying their income on their mortgage documents. And while we are at it, and looking for unethical issues we should be talking about the Hollywood movie stars, the steroid taking athletes, and all the college students who plagiarize, and cheat on their tests.

The business ethics problem is much larger than it seems. You see, we draw upon our general population for all of the jobs out there. The percentage of people who are unethical is too high, and some of those people are going to end up in government, as politicians, and as corporate executives. That’s the problem. I’ve tried to explain this in the business ethic articles, which I have written. Over the last two years I’ve written over 60 articles on this topic, and I will continue to do so.

One thing that concerns me is how little content there is online about business ethics. There are at least 100 articles on marketing, advertising, and salesmanship for every single one on ethics. That concerns me. It should concern you too. If you are an online article author, I hope you will join me in writing more articles on this topic of ethics to help prevent a future repeat of what just happened. To me it’s not that we have a regulatory problem, we have an ethics issue. After all, there are also unethical people in our regulatory bureaucracy. Please consider all this.

Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes it’s important to call and get others involved in this effort, use your mobile phone to make that call; T-Mobile Wireless.

Note: All of Lance Winslow’s articles are written by him, not by Automated Software, any Computer Program, or Artificially Intelligent Software. None of his articles are outsourced, PLR Content or written by ghost writers. Lance Winslow believes those who use these strategies lack integrity and mislead the reader. Indeed, those who use such cheating tools, crutches, and tricks of the trade may even be breaking the law by misleading the consumer and misrepresenting themselves in online marketing, which he finds completely unacceptable.

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Islamic Business Ethics

Conference organized by The moroccan association for islamic economics-Asmeci in partnership with AGORA DEVELOPPEMENT

About the speaker :
Dr. Rafik Beekun is professor of management and strategy and former chair of the Managerial Sciences Department at the University of Nevada. He obtained his MBA and Ph.D from the University of Texas, and his BA and MA from Columbia University, and is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar to Mauritius and to Turkey. He specializes in strategic management, business ethics, and leadership. Dr. Beekun has published several books, including Islamic Business Ethics (1997), Leadership: An Islamic Perspective (1999, with Dr. Jamal Badawi), and Strategic Planning and Implementation for Islamic Organizations (2006). In 2012, he served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Management Development on “Practical Wisdom for Management from the Islamic Tradition.” Two of his published articles on Islam and leadership have won international awards. He has also produced a series of DVD lectures about Islamic Management.
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