Ethical theory framework

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Ethical theory framework

Ethical theory framework

Although the Ethics Resource Center conveyed, as of 2013, that 41% of employees reported having witnessed misconduct in the workplaceâdown from 45% in 2011âthis percentage remains alarmingly significant (McGregor, 2014). In fact, these statistics seem to indicate an ongoing need to continue to strengthen commitment to  business practice. Business professionals and scholars need to know how to face dilemmas and make sound ethical decisions. As a DBA independent scholar and global change agent, you should have a basic understanding of various frameworks and understand how these frameworks influence real-world business decisions. Northouse (2016) stated, âtheories that deal with the conduct of leaders are in turn divided into two kinds: theories that stress the consequences of leadersâ actions and those that emphasize the duty or rules governing leadersâ actionsâ (p. 333). Business leaders apply their values daily for decision making in business. Understanding and analyzing various  frameworks can help you as you work to solve dilemmas.

To prepare for this Discussion, consider Case 13.2, âHow Safe Is Safe?â on pages 351â352 of Northouse (2016) and review the Albert, Reynolds, and Turan (2015), Lawton and Páez (2015), Hoover and Pepper (2015), and Gustafson (2013) articles provided in this weekâs Learning Resources.


Post your application of ethical frameworks to the dilemma posed in the case study. In your application, do the following:

  • Justify your proposed solution, and explain the reasoning you used to arrive at your solution.
  • Incorporate the justifications you provided in response to the Case 13.2.
  • Apply the ethical framework(s) outlined in the Learning Resources or in other scholarly literature that aligns with your reasoning. Explain how your reasoning aligns with those frameworks.

Be sure to support your work with a minimum of two specific citations from this weekâs Learning Resources and one or more additional scholarly sources.

Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Chapter 13, âLeadership Ethicsâ (pp. 329â362)

Albert, L., Reynolds, S., & Turan, B. (2015). Turning inward or focusing out? Navigating theories of interpersonal and cognitions to understand ethical decision-making. Journal of Business Ethics, 130(2), 467â484. doi:10.1007/s10551-014-2236-2

Gustafson, A. (2013). In defense of a utilitarian business ethic. Business & Society Review (00453609), 118(3), 325â360. doi:10.1111/basr.12013

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