Moral Relativism In The Workplace Case Study

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When moral reasoning is used to take action on an issue, we use our values, ethics, and morals to come up with a solution. Our environment and upbringing play large roles in how we reason and how we value different things. We place different sets of values on different things or actions, and those actions always have consequences. According to Moore and Parker (2012) consequentialism is when we believe that the consequences of our action verifies or decides the moral value (p. 446). When the results of something we did is better received or produced better results, then we believe our action was the best choice, in that moment. Many westerners believe that what is best for them as an individual, rather than what is best for the group,…show more content…
Cultural diversity is extremely important, and business managers cannot overlook the challenges of a multi-cultural workplace. What is ethical in one culture may not be ethical in another. Believing all cultures are the same ethically can create big problems in the workplace. When you force one’s ethics on a group of employees, it can lead to moral relativism (p. 682). Some managers opt to accept relativism in the workplace, while others do not. Melé and Sánchez-Runde (2013) add the opposition of moral relativism, which is moral universalism, supports Kant’s deontology, whereas right or wrong actions are objective, in that they do not depend on values or opinions (p. 684). A multi-cultural workplace can have many ethical differences and can be competitive in decision-making. It is critical to respect the rights of each culture and to work together to appreciate and understand each other. Melé and Sánchez-Runde (2013) conclude the respect of human rights is a perfect moral duty, and relationships, business and personal, are built upon one common human family (p.
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