Ethics and Business Analysis

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Young, driven employees at large businesses always risk getting caught up in the “rat race.” Too often, this causes promising men and women to lose sight of their goals and replace them with hopes of raises, bonuses, and promotions. Money or power can easily become the ultimate symbol of success. Unfortunately, money and power do not care about morality, principles, or ethical codes. In fact, some may argue that those with the most questionable moral codes are also some of the most successful members of the business community. Whether or not this is accurate, it is a dangerous perception that can cloud the judgement of ambitious young professionals looking to quickly move up the ranks of a business hierarchy.
The business analyst must be immune to these factors that can influence the average businessman. It is essential that he or she stands by a moral code in the face of temptation. As someone who is looked upon as a communicator, mediator, and problem solver, a successful business analyst must work for the greater good of the company. This is the essence of a good business analyst’s moral code—always thinking what will be in the best interest of my client? How can I best meet their request in the short and the long run? The market should be able to select for analysts who adhere to this code. Businesses will recommend their services to others in need.
The business analyst’s role requires a consistent ethical standard of conduct in a way that other positions do not. Individuals and companies come to a business analyst for guidance and for advice. This puts the business analyst in a unique position of power. It is their responsibility to present the best work possible for the good of the company. A mediocre report could have huge...

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...eir likelihood to get a good recommendation. It is important to follow a moral code due to the high-stakes role of a business analyst. An unethical or dishonest report could have implications far beyond a single individual. Without a sense of trust and mutual respect, a business analyst can never succeed.

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