Unethical Decision : Unethical Decisions

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Introduction: In recent years, unethical decision in the workplace has caused varieties of problems and unnecessary cost in managing organizations. Therefore, it has become a serious issue in society and attracted the public attention. Individual characteristics, issue characteristics and organizational environment are the factors that can influence employees’ unethical decisions at work. In this article, the aim is to explain why unethical decisions result from individuals’ choice rather than work environment, and how an individual’s choice decides unethical behaviors. For instance, according to Kreie (2000), a programmer who modifies a bank’s software to hide his overdrawn account and avoid the overdraft fee will lead to a loss of bank, and this is a kind of unethical behavior. Ethics is the principles that judge whether individuals’ conducts are right. And there are three main kinds of views to identify ethical conducts, including the utilitarian view, rights view and justice view. Utilitarian view focuses on behaviors’ outcomes, which should provide the greatest number of the greatest good. Rights view states ethical behaviors should respect individuals’ rights and privileges, while justice view is based on procedural, distributive and compensatory justice. Thus, an unethical decision is illegal or unacceptable to the larger community (Jones, 1991). An individual’s choice decides whether to make unethical decisions or not. Meanwhile, individual characteristics (stage
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