Corporate Ethics and the Age of Scandal Term Paper by Nicky

Corporate Ethics and the Age of Scandal
A look at some of the corporate scandals that happened in early millenium America.
# 147757 | 1,418 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2011 in Business (Companies) , Business (Finance, Investment and Banking) , Ethics (General)

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The early millennium was an exceptionally tumultuous time for corporate America. Revelations of major accounting, securities and trading scandals were a regularity during this time, as individuals and organizations of note became embroiled in allegations and indictments. This paper considers the actions and implications of individuals such as Martha Stewart, Lehman Brothers CEO Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Ponzi Schemester and Bernie Madoff through a basic understanding of the distinction between values, morals and ethics both with and without respect to corporate affairs.

From the Paper:

"This has a specific implication where corporate behavior is concerned as well, with one source denoting that "values are the rules by which we make decisions about right and wrong, should and shouldn't, good and bad. They also tell us which are more or less important, which is useful when we have to trade off meeting one value over another." (Changing Minds, 2009) This is a useful point of inception for understanding how ethics are related. These are typically parameters defining that which is considered acceptable in professional and interpersonal affairs, helping to apply moral individuality and social value systems in the context of a specific and formal culture. These are therefore intended to be shared amongst a collective such as those in a business, organization or industry. Without a defined ethical core in an organization, it may be difficult to harness the values which are crucial to keeping a company on its course and it may simultaneously be difficult promote an internal culture where individuals act according to a personal moral center."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Caruso, D. (2008). Prosecutors Subpoena ex-Lehman CEO Richard Fuld. Nachrichten English News. Online at
  • Changing Minds. (2009). Values, Morals and Ethics. Changing Online at
  • Cline, A. (2008). Ethics, Morals, Values: How Do They Relate? About Philosophy. Online at
  • Ferrell, O.C., Hirt, G., & Ferrell, L. (2007). Business - A Changing World, 6th edition. McGraw-Hill Irwin.
  • Healy, G. (2004). Individual Liberty, Free Markets, and Peace: Lessons of Martha Stewart Case. CATO Institute.

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