ETH 321 Week 5 Knowledge Check

1. What is one of the challenges in business ethics?

Business ethics is completely independent of the law.

Business ethics does not assert the obvious.

Business ethics issues are unrelated to the everyday occurrences in an organization.

Business ethics cannot be taught to employees

2. What can help managers to overcome the challenge of teaching business ethics to employees?

Attempting to change employees’ values

Instructing employees to follow only legal guidelines

Allowing employees to use their own personal moral standards while making decisions

Focusing on the management of employee values and conflicts

3. How can an organization faced with the challenges of business ethics, overcome these challenges?

By ensuring that its code of ethics has honesty mentioned in it.

By developing a business ethics program that focuses on making its employees unlearn their personal values.

By recognizing that ethics cannot be incorporated into its management.

By acknowledging that legal regulations are the only way to prevent its employees from committing unethical acts

4. Stephan is a proponent of the narrow view of corporate social responsibility (CSR). He believes that people should behave in a socially responsible manner on their own time. What other opinion is Stephan likely to have?

Corporations have a duty to invest some of their resources on improving society.

Corporations should exclusively follow the instructions set by the government when carrying out CSR functions. C. CSR functions should receive utmost importance by employees in a corporation.

Corporations should only focus on increasing the wealth of their shareholders

5. Which view of corporate social responsibility (CSR) suggests that the emphasis of corporations should be on CSR and not on achieving profitability? This view also suggests that the existence of corporations is based on the premise that they will serve society.

The invisible hand view

The management’s hand view

The shareholder’s hand view

The government’s hand view

6. What is true about the moderate view of corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

It suggests that governments have a better view on CSR and the needs of society.

It suggests that the CSR functions of corporations should not be regulated by government agencies.

It suggests that corporations should focus entirely on CSR and not on making profits.

It was proposed by Adam Smith.

7. In the context of business ethics, what is one of the provisions granted by the 2002 Sarbanes Oxley Act?

Surveillance of terrorist related activities

Employment at will

Protection of corporate whistleblowers

Punishment of employees who report their organizations’ unethical practices

8. In which case is the discharge of an employee considered to be wrongful in the context of the Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act?

When the discharge occurred because the employee failed to deliver performance

When the discharge occurred because the employee refused to violate a public policy

When the discharge occurred because the employee violated organizational norms

When the discharge occurred because the employee misrepresented his or her qualifications

9. Which inconsistency is likely to complicate the risk for whistleblowers in organizations?

The troubling situation at work involves a statute that does not carry protection for whistleblowers.

The troubling situation at work is one they are expected to participate in

The troubling situation at work may be one they are not expected to ignore.

The troubling situation at work is not only unethical but also illegal

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