business ethics (lesson 5)

Lesson 5

To improve ethical decision making in business, you must first understand how individuals make decisions in an organization. Too often it is assumed people in organizations make ethical decisions in the same way they make them at home, in their families, or in their personal lives. Within the context of an organizational work group, however, few individuals have the freedom to personally decide ethical issues independent of the organization and its stakeholders.

Reference: FERRELL, FRAEDRICH, AND FERRELL (2013). BUSINESS ETHICS (10th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

Read the Case Study entitled “Google: The Quest to Balance Privacy with Profits.”

Use the following resources to further research the topics:

Google Privacy

Do Search Engines Need Government Regulation?

Create a presentation answering following questions:

1. How can Google use its power to improve the lives of its stakeholders?

2. Do you feel there is any way Google can respect privacy and yet still maintain its profitability?

3. What are some of the effects government regulation of the Internet might have on Google’s operations?