Ethical Systems Table


The following is the assignment that I have been assigned:


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Ethical Systems Table


·         Fill in brief definitions of each primary ethical theory.

·         Identify alternate names or variations of each ethicalsystembased on your reading of the text and supplemental materials.

·         Match the real-world examples listed below with the corresponding systems. The first one has been completed for you in the table.


Real-World Examples


A. I believe people should be able to eat sand if they like the taste of it.


B. I believe that if sand is going to be eaten, it should be available for everyone to eat.


C. I believe people should be able to eat sand because it is the right thing to do.


D. I believe people should be able to eat sand because it is good for one’s health.


E. I believe people should be able to eat sand if they decide they want to, regardless of whether it is someone else’s sand.


F. I believe people should be able to eat sand if they want to because they are free to make the decision themselves.


G. I believe I will eat sand because it is the standard meal for my community.


·         Develop your own workplace example that fits with each system. Present each workplace scenario in a substantial paragraph of approximately 40 words. Although the table field will expand to accommodate your workplace examples, you may list them at the end of the table; make a note in the table to see the attached examples, however, so your facilitator knows to look for scenarios below the table.


·         Format references consistent with APA guidelines and include them after the table.



Theory/System and Brief Definition

Other Names

Real-World Example

Workplace Example

Duty-based ethics


Regardless of consequences, certain moral principles are binding, focusing on duty rather than results or moral obligation over what the individual would prefer to do (Treviño & Nelson, 2011, Ch. 2).


In ethics, deontological ethics, or deontology (Greek: deon meaning obligation or duty), is a theory holding that decisions should be made solely or primarily by considering one’s duties and the rights of others. Some systems are based on biblical or tenets from sacred.

Deontology, pluralism, moral rights, rights-based


Categorical  imperative


Golden rule

C. I believe people should be able to eat sand because it is the right thing to do.

It is my duty to follow through with instructions my boss gives me, even if I do not agree with the concept. It is my moral obligation to respect authority figures.

Consequence-based ethics






Rights-based ethics






Human nature ethics






Relativistic ethics






Entitlement-based ethics






Virtue-based ethics









Treviño, L. K., & Nelson, K. A. (2011). Managing business ethics: Straight talk about how to do it right (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.



Instructions that he had posted to help out with the assignment on a forum:


Hi Class,

I am back in the U.S. after 2 weeks in Europe.  I have one more paper to grade and I will post grades  and return papers this afternoon.


The assignment for WK 2 can be tricky.In the past I have had students not do well on the paper because they are not paying attention.  Others have done fantastic


The definitions:  All the definitions are in your text.  They are not spelled out ( Consequentialism is . . . ) but generally cover a paragraph or a section.  Your job is to reference those sections and cohesively write a definition.  To help your understanding you get to do a matching exercise.  I would do the matching persistence first and then write your definitions.


The matching takes some thought ( the purpose of the exercise).  You only need to put the correct letter in the column.

For the examples, you are to give clear specific examples ( easiest is to pull them from current events, that way you can document and it will let you know if you understand the theories.


Document your definitions.  They are all in the text and the ERR materials.


Note that it states alternative definitions (plural).







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