This is the most popular business ethics book I’ve read. It’s all about ethical decision making, and it’s packed with case studies showing how people who made the decisions they did, have helped others make the same kind of decisions.
The problem comes in when you are not making the decisions that you want to, and there are no more ethical decisions to be made. As long as you are making decisions that you think are good for the business, that’s fine, but when you don’t make any decisions that you think are good for the business you might not be doing your job right.
In the beginning, the CEO of a company might be making decisions that they think are ethical, but things get hairy when he doesnt follow through on those decisions. For example, a CEO might say he wants to build a new golf course, but they never actually fund it, so he doesnt actually get to do his job.
That’s one of the most common areas that business people fall down on. If you don’t have a plan to actually fund your plans, you might not be doing your job right. In order to build a new golf course, you need to actually show up and buy a bunch of land and build a golf course there, and in order to build a golf course, you need to actually finance the construction.
What if you dont have a plan for financing? What if you just want to show up and build a golf course on YOUR land? That is what business ethics decisions are all about. You need to have an actual plan to finance the construction.
The actual plans need to exist, but the actual financial resources to fund them are more easily available if you’re just able to “show up and build.” You need to be able to show up and build, but if you dont have a plan that shows that this is something you can actually do, you’re not going to be able to get financial resources to go towards the actual project.
Business ethics are a lot like accounting ethics. Both are really big things that need to be thought about seriously, and this is especially true with accounting. Every business is essentially a financial institution and every business, especially small business, is going to have some sort of financial transactions. Business ethics is just one part of business ethics.
I think the problem with business ethics is that they are usually just a set of rules that a business follows that don’t really affect the company’s actual operations. And yet that’s the exact same rules that apply to the accounting department. You’re not actually going to see much of a difference.
I think its the same problem that has come up with legal ethics and business ethics. You want a system that will make sure that a company isnt going to get sued. And yet there are cases where corporations have been sued for things like accounting and financial fraud, so the system that is set up doesnt really work for these small companies.
The problem is that the rules that companies are expected to follow are really all very different. The ones that I have read that really affect small companies are a lot more onerous than some of the others, but the ones that Ive seen actually make it easier for a company to be sued, they are usually ones that the company is trying to stop them from doing (like the ones that they dont really need).