Google in China
1. What pPhilosophical principle did which Google’s managers adopt when deciding that the benefits of operating in China outweighed the costs?
From our point of view, these managers adopted utilitarian approaches. In other words, the Google Company temporarily ignored their original mission statement and mantra “Don’t be evil” to get the profits from potential users. In 2000, Google entered China’s Internet market;t, however, ; in 2002 Chinese authorities blocked this site because the issues related to politically sensitive topics. In 2004, Google realized that China was a large and potential Internet market with more than 100 million users;, especially that number has been increasing rapidly (Hill, C. W. L. 2009, p.156). It would be one of the reasonable decisions of Google’s managers because the benefits of this business exceeded the expenses.. Hence, from our point of view, these managers adopted utilitarian approaches. In other words, the Google Company temporarily ignored their original mission statement and mantra “Don’t be evil” to get the maximum profits from potential users. The fact is that, Google’s managers accepted rather give limited information than nothing. Simultaneously, they also let the users recognize that the information was censored by Chinese regulations. As the results, they lost their prestige from both Chinese government and citizens. It seems to be the “cost” which utilitarian denied, and only care about the benefits.
Furthermore, Google also followed the Straw Men approaches, particularly the Friedman doctrine and Cultural relativism, according to Friedman’s basic position, “the only social responsibility of business is to increase profits” (Hill, C. W. L. 2009, p.141). In other words, Google Company mainly focused on profit from huge market in China than its cost. In terms of Cultural relativism, when operating in China, they must follow the Chinese regulations, namely suppressing the sensitive...