In the business environment, there are number of different ethical and moral dilemmas that may arise. The department has pioneered the organization of conferences and forums in the field such as The International Symposium on Business, Ethics and Society, with more than 15 editions, and the recent Humanizing the Firm and the Management Profession workshop.
When there is a social connection between individuals, the motivation of another person to intervene for the welfare of another person seems reasonable, though there remains an obligation to be diligent in ensuring that the intent of the action is understood.
I also have the sense that this is a relatively recent consideration: especially in the field of marketing, the notion of an ongoing relationship seems to be a relatively recent one – or perhaps the popularity of the notion is only increased of late, as it seems to be that many people in business have considered relationships long before it was fashionable to do so. As such, the notion of relationship and its impact on ethics may be a largely unexplored topic.
Critics of this traditional view of the individual’s responsibility for corporate acts have claimed that when an organized group such as a corporation acts together, their corporate act may be described as the act of the group and, consequently, the corporate group and not the individuals ho make up the group must be held responsible for the act.
For help determining what areas of business ethics to cover in this entry, I thank Dorothea Baur, George Brenkert, Jason Brennan, David Dick, Edwin Hartman, Laura Hartman, Woon Hyuk Jay Jang, Chris MacDonald, Emilio Marti, Dominic Martin, Eric Orts, Sareh Pouryousefi, Abraham Singer, Alejo José G. Sison, and Chris Surprenant.