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Ethical Systems in Business
An examination of business ethics through the cases of Ford Pinto and the Tylenol cyanide scare.
# 115303 | 1,689 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 15, 2009 in Business (Companies) , Ethics (General)

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This paper discusses the ethical system in business. It defines utilitarianism and libertarianism and discusses their failure as systems within business. The paper discusses this failure through the case of Ford Pinto in the 1960s. It also discusses the Tylenol cyanide scare to explain Kantian rule-based ethics which is in contrast to utilitarianism.

Table of Contents:
The Failure of Utilitarianism and Libertarianism: The Case of the Ford Pinto
Kantian Rule-Based Ethics and Entitlement and Virtue Ethics: The Tylenol Cyanide Scare
The Difference between Ethics and Business Ethics
The Application of Cost-Benefit Analysis

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Approaches to Ethical Decision-Making." Poznak Law Firm. 29 Mar 2008.
  • "Big brother." The Economist (U.S. Edition). August 1991. 29 Mar 2008
  • Boatright, John R. Ethics and the Conduct of Business. 5th Edition. Prentice Hall, 2006.
  • Hursthouse, Rosalind. "Virtue Ethics." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 29 Mar 2008.
  • Susi, Reyna. "Tylenol Crisis, 1982".Crisis Management, 2002. 19 Mar 2008.

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