Business Research Method and Tools Essay

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What are the most prudent decisions she can make about her responsibilities to herself and others? Anytime that a person has to make a decision based on what is ethical or unethical there is always a lot of gray area. What one person sees as ethical another person sees as unethical and vice versa. Unethical activities are pervasive and include violating nondisclosure agreements, breaking participant confidentiality, misrepresenting results, deceiving people, using invoicing irregularities, and avoiding legal liability (Cooper &Schindler, 2011). By taking the information she found in the folder she is violating the new code of ethics set by her company. Also the manager has to consider the fact that the information she has in her possession is a rough draft and the validity of the data. If the manager decided to use the information not only would she be risking her job but also her reputation. The manager runs the risk of having her staff and coworkers turn against her. The most prudent decision she can make to herself and others in this situation is to return the document to the airline. The manager should then inform her immediate supervisor of the incidents along with the company’s ethicist officer. What are the implications of those decisions even if there is no violation of law or regulation? If the manager decides to not use the information and returns it to the airlines, she is acting ethically. The manager will know that she did the right thing and feel good about herself. Her company may reward her for behavior either through a monetary increase or award. If the manager decides to use the information for her benefit she is in clear violation of the company’s code of ethics. This violation could result in termination. If she is terminated for unethical conduct she runs the risk of ruining her career and reputation. Exploratory and
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