The Organizational and Business Ethics Imperative

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Abstract

One need only turn on the news or briefly peruse the daily headlines to see countless examples and evidences of ethical failures in all aspects of our daily lives. The impacts of these ethical missteps can be far reaching, often with everyone in society paying the price in some way. Furthermore, with an increasingly interconnected and complex globalized world, we have communication technologies that allow for the instant sharing of information, along with a citizenry hungry to consume the next big scandal. Once more, increasingly complex technological integration of previously isolated systems has created ever more complex systems that are increasingly sensitive to the surrounding environment. This can often result in a chain reaction effect of one seemingly small and isolated ethical blunder that can then have wide-ranging societal impacts.