Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 255–265 | Cite as

A menu of moral issues: One week in the life of The Wall Street Journal

  • J. Owen Cherrington
  • David J. Cherrington
Article

Abstract

A “menu” of twelve moral issues that seem to be common to all organizations is described and illustrated. This “menu” identifies some of the most prominent moral issues requiring individuals to decide where to draw the line between moral and immoral conduct. A review ofThe Wall Street Journal during just one week provided over sixty articles illustrating how moral issues are inherent in almost every business decision. The articles included several illustrations of stealing, lying, and fraud that are immoral, although in some cases not technically illegal. Other articles illustrated conflicts of interest, influence buying, hiding information, divulging personal information, taking unfair advantage, personal decadence, interpersonal abuse, organizational abuse, rule violations, being an accessory to unethical acts, and balancing ethical dilemmas. These illustrations are intended to help individuals identify moral issues and recognize the situations when they arise so they can avoid unwitting immoral behavior.

Keywords

Economic Growth Personal Information Ethical Dilemma Wall Street Journal Moral Issue 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Owen Cherrington
    • 1
  • David J. Cherrington
    • 1
  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityProvo

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