A Critical Evaluation of Worldcom's Ethical Problems Using the Deontological Framework

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WorldCom Ethics Introduction The objective of this study is to examine the case of WorldCom and to answer the question of what are the ethical problems raised in the WorldCom case and to critically evaluate WorldCom's ethical problems using the deontological framework. Finally, this study will assess WorldCom's ethics and Immanuel Kant's Categorical Imperative. I. WorldCom Ethical Problems Raised It is reported that the case study of Moberg and Romar (2003) notes WorldCom's "encounter with creative accounting to hide the true cost emerging in future quarters after an acquisition." (Jackson, nd) Failure to spend more time and energy in resolving problems existing between "services, technology and business practices with the new organization" resulted in WorldCom having to find another way to fix the stakeholder's falling value. WorldCom acquired another company that was even larger. (Jackson, nd, paraphrased) This unfortunately was "another opportunity for creative accounting." Even more unfortunate were the relationship that WorldCom top management had that serve to support the organization's unethical behavior. It is reported that the practices of ""¦authorizing wealthy loans at shamelessly low rates, and expensing luxuries like lavish business dinners using company funds were not necessarily illegal, but unethical. In addition to the pressure of continuing these relationships was the added pressure of maintaining an image of shareholder wealth and growing market

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