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Business Ethics IMP

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business ethics important questions for MBA
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Do you agreeCan you tell me Socrates, can virtue be taught [introduction to ethics] PlatoAns.
Can Virtue Be Taught? Reflections on Plato’s Meno
Dialoguecan virtue be taught? Plato, through the voice of character Socrates, concludes that virtue cannot betaught and is a faculty given by the gods (in secular language, it is inborn
The question asked in Plato’s Meno dialogue is whether virtue can be taught. Qui
te rightly, the answeris in the negative But I think Plato could have framed the questions a bit differently, which may havegiven him a different answer; instead of asking whether virtue can be taught, he might have donebetter to ask whether virtue could be learned.The big difference here is that asking whether x can be taught implies that there must be a teacher anda student. Asking whether something can be learned implies only that there is a student (life or
experience may be a ‚teacher.‛) To ask wh
ether I was taught math is to ask whether an instructorinstructed me in math. To ask whether I learned math is to ask whether I learned it, leaving openwhether I was taught it by a math teacher or learned it myself either from a book or by some othermeans. We all recognize,
I think, the rightness of Plato’s suggestion that virtue cannot be taught. We canimagine, and perhaps know examples of, someone being able to recite ‚rules‛ of virtue (be honest, be
fair, etc) while not being able to, or having the virtue to, put these ideas into practice. From my own
experience of teaching students with Asperger’s syndrome, I have seen students who knew certain‘rules‛ of virtue but not be able to translate this into practice.
 In this sense, virtue cannot be taught in the same way that musicality cannot be taught. One can learnabout virtue or about music but still lack the ability to be virtuous or musical. This is in large partbecause knowing how to be virtuous, like knowing how to be musical, is partly instinctual. When a
drummer ‚knows‛ when to insert a particular groove in a particular spot in a song, she will probably 
tell you that she is acting largely on instinct (though the groove itself may be learned, its application isa matter of judgment). In the same way, knowing when, say, when to protect a guilty friend in thename of honor, or give a friend up in the name of honesty, is a matter of judgment (though those two virtues of honesty and honor may have been taught).
So, virtue can’t really be taught. But can
it be learned? I think that it can, at least in part. Even though
students in school may not have a ‚virtue 1
class, we all know that students are good at picking upon their surroundings and being influenced by those around them. This is why we all recognize the
importance of who our kids ‚hang around with‛
because we recognize that students learn from thosearound them, even when those around them have no intention to be teachers. In fact, it was oftenstressed to me when I was a teacher that I was to set an example for students and hold to strict ethicalconduct, in part, because I was
like it or not
a teacher of moral behavior.students learn virtue another way: by experience. Once students learn what moral behavior is fromthose around them, they try these ideas out on the world. They learn from their moral mistakes; beingcaught in a lie and disappointing a friend teaches them not to lie. Being egregiously wrong aboutsomething one was confident in may teach the value of humility, etc.
Sometimes, it also happens where experience will adjust a person’s sense of virtue by having an
unvirtuous thing happen to them. Someone who is a petty thief may rethink their idea of virtue whenthey have something stolen from them and reflect on the pain it caused. Someone who brags may beconfronted with others who brag, which can lead to reflections on how annoying the tendency is. All of this is to say that while virtue may not be taught, this does not mean that it can be learned. Platodoes allude to the idea that virtue is inborn To some degree, of course, this is true; some people seemto be born with an extraordinary capacity for virtues like compassion, etc. Others seem to be born withlittle to no moral conscience without which virtue is very difficult.
This does not mean that virtue can’t be learned; only that its foundation is inborn. Just like we
recognize the
idea that one can be ‚instructed in‛ virtues but fail to put them in practice (or desire to),
we should recognize the converse: that people are capable of refining their views of virtue, that peoplemay become more virtuous by reflective practice, and tha
t it sometimes even happens where a person’s
 view of how to act virtuously changes drastically over time.
So, I do think that Plato’s question of whether virtue can be taught should have been rephrased to ask
whether virtue can be learned.
Different schools of thought? Which school you believe? why?(give reason)
(anita havn’t gave ppt yet)
What are ethical issues in Indian context , brief some of them
Ethical Issues in BusinessThere are a million ethical issues in today's businesses and unfortunately there is noperfect decision measurement for all these issues. The ethical issues in internationalbusinesses are much more complicated and much more delicate, along with beingtenfold in numbers. This article deals with the current ethical issues in businesses andattempts to look for ways in which one can tackle them.
their various ethical issues in the business that affect all business workplaces, whetherthey are local or international. Let us have a look at the ethical issues in business, thatare listed below. In business ethics, there is hardly a proper line which can be held onto like the bible, for ethics often sacrifices profits and the idea is to find the optimalbalance between the two, so that the business conscience is clear and the profits arereasonable.
Business EthicsBusiness ethics is a behavior that all businesses stick to. Also known as corporate ethicsor professional ethics, it incorporates moral guidelines as also the problems a businessentity frequently faces. The term 'business ethics' became popular in the U.S. in theearly 1970s. The Society for Business Ethics, a global institute that deals with businessethics and application of moral principles was formed in 1980. Businesses startedspecifying their ethical principles from the late 1980s, perhaps to stay away fromscandals in businesses.
In a Free, Unregulated Self-Ethics ModelIf business ethics and values are left to the self of business houses and entrepreneurs,society may have many dead weight losses to bear. A few producers can collectively increase market prices, a few strong buyers may collectively reduce demand till pricesfall and a single entity can capture the entire supply chain and refuse its services to thefree market and reserve them for the best price. To top it, the labor market can uniteand ask for unreasonable increases in wages and the public transport unions can standup for price hikes. Who decides whether all this is reasonable and hence ethical, orunreasonable and thus unethical? Who decides that a person who already earns

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