The Pilot's Role in Airline Ethics Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Pilot's Role in Airline Ethics
Analysis of the pilot's changing role in airline ethics.
# 128115 | 2,025 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 30, 2010 in Aviation, Aeronautics (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper explores the significance of ethics in the airline industry, citing statistics about how perceived integrity affects leadership, organizational effectiveness, job satisfaction, employee turnover, and perceptions of equitability within airlines. The paper concentrates on the ethical role of pilots, which includes ensuring safe and ethical treatment of passengers. The paper explains that the pilot's ethical role is expanding in response to changing regulatory expectations that expose companies to intense levels of examination, heightened stakeholder sensitivity to and scrutiny of corporate behavior, and the severity of punishment by financial markets for corporate missteps. The paper concludes that despite the lack of standardized definitions of just what constitutes safety in the air, the individual airline companies must embrace a more strategic view of airline ethics if their cost structures are to remain competitive over the long term.


Airline Pilot's Use of Ethical Integrity
Brand Reputation and Risk Management Is a Pilot's Ethical Responsibility
Pilots Share No Common Definition of Reputation or Safety Risk
Growing Reliance in Airlines on Compliance Management Officers
Aligning an Airlines' Internal Ethics with External Environmental Factors

From the Paper:

"Startling is the research finding that there is no single definition of safety risk in any of the ethical analyses completed of their airline industry, yet there is an abundance of research on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (Phillips, 2006) initiatives and programs. In conjunction with the lack of definition for safety risk, there is no consensus on a definition for reputation and broader ethics risk, but industry participants agree that it is broader than legal, compliance, and regulatory risk that arises from a lack of congruence between ethics standards each company espouses in their CSR initiatives. A common meaning of reputation risk would improve companies' ability to identify, assess, and mitigate risks that can potentially generate negative stakeholder reaction. The moment of truth however for many airlines are the decisions their pilots make in the cockpit in the midst of potentially dangerous situations, in addition to the screening they apply in conjunction with the TSA in boarding gates and areas."

Sample of Sources Used:

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