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  • Business Ethics within Seattle University

    Spring quarter in the Bridge MBA program has challenged me in a manner I have never been academically challenged before. Part of the quarter’s curriculum is a Business Ethics course where we learn about ethical philosophies in regards to business and attempt to understand these philosophies within specific case studies. The reason I find this course difficult is by no means the structure or the workload, but because of the ethical dilemmas present in the cases we read. At times I find myself defending a corporation whose business practices are very questionable because there is no written law or code that specifies the need to act differently and philosophy defends their conduct. I am then presented with another case where philosophy may defend the business' practices; however, I disagree completely with what the company is doing.

    Ethics is an extremely difficulty endeavor to tackle in the business world and this class is opening my eyes. Though I am forced to look at a difficult case, analyze it, and make a decision on the matter where no “right” answer exists, I am very happy I am being put into this situation in a theoretical sense. Seattle University is preparing me for these ethical dilemmas, which are more than likely to arise in my business career. Once I complete this class, I am confident I will be able to understand unethical behavior, know the root cause, and present realistic solutions. I am discovering through this class that there are certain practices I will not stand for in a company and if a company engages in these practices I know I do not want to work there. The hardest part about this course is having your eyes opened to the unjust and terrible things that happen in the world. That is why I am happy Seattle University values an ethically driven business curricula. They are training future business leaders in a manner that will hopefully encourage just and ethical conduct.

    I enjoy the challenge of learning about business ethics, because though it can be hard at times, I understand its necessity. I understand that these difficult issues are not going to go away unless students like myself take our ethically driven education and put it to use. This is not to say students like myself will be the ones defining what is right and wrong; however, it is to say we will be the ones who are able to identify what is clearly wrong and what can be done to make it right.

    By: Roger Pierce, Bridge MBA candidate 2014



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