The questions below are designed to assess your understanding of the material.
regulation of behavior:
philosophy (relative and absolute ethics);
verbal moral rules;
codes of conduct/ethics.
What is the difference between codes of ethics and Soviet administrative regulations?
violates) the following moral principles:
pragmatism and efficiency;
balance of profit and social justice;
freedom within the law and equal opportunities for all market players;
respect of freedom of other people and tolerance to their errors.
What other principles would you add to the list?
profits and payments to our government?
If yes, will this help to reduce the level of corruption in the country? If no, why?
countries are among the poorest in the world?
Comment on the notion of nepotism in Azerbaijani culture and business.
What shall businesses do if imperfect laws do not always allow them to follow ethical principles?
corporate social responsibility.
CASE STUDIES FOR
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION INTO BUSINESS ETHICS
Please read the cases below and chose your answer from the options provided. Please substantiate your
answer. The notes to cases can be found at the end of the book.
1. Late at night a passer-by sees a child at a window of a burning house. There is no one else in the dark
Must he or she try to save the child?
Will your answer change, if we subsequently substitute a passer-by for the child’s baby-sitter, a
in terms of their moral obligations.
2. An accident took place at a dairy plant during a night shift - an employee found a torn pack of washing
senior night shift man, but he recommended her to keep quiet about the accident. Next day the employee
insisted on the accident being reported, but the boss neglected her warning again. The employee recalled
that her neighbor plays tennis with the shop superintendent and asked him to relay the situation. Next day
in accordance with instructions from the shop superintendent, the consignment of milk was destroyed and
both people were fired – the senior night shift man for negligence and the employee - for using unofficial
channels to file a grievance and for bringing a compliant against her boss over his head.
Was the shop superintendent right?
Was the employee right?
Was there another way out of this situation?
3. My company manufactures food products, which I successfully sell in the local market through a
network of shops. Last week a representative of a high ranking Government official came to see me to tell
me that I have to sell at least 50% to another local company at a very low profit margin and this
intermediary company will then sell my product. Do I:
Do what I am told, even though my profits will be severely reduced?
Go to a higher rank public official and pay him a bribe for "protection"?
Turn for help to business association?
Ignore the request and continue to do business as usual?
Sell the business and leave the country, because it is impossible to work here?
Go to the police?
Do anything else?
4. I’m the in-house council for a company, engaged in information technology processing. As a lawyer of
the company I have access to the company’s confidential information. I have never abused my position to
disclose any sort of such information. Due to the sale decrease at IT market, the company’s Board of
Directors has recently made a decision to reduce numbers of its IT specialists. While preparing notices on
employment termination, which will be sent within two months to the employees, subject to redundancy,
I’ve come across the name of my cousin, who works as an IT specialist in the company. Shall I:
cousin could have enough time to look for another job?