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1. Interview the owners of three small businesses in your community, each a different type and size. Where would you put each business with respect to the five stages of small business growth? Justify your answer.

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1.4 Ethics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Define ethics. 2. Explain business ethics. 3. Describe small business ethics. 4. Understand why a small business should have an ethics policy.

Ethics are about doing the right thing. They are about well-based standards of right and wrong

that prescribe what humans ought to do—usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to

society, fairness, or specific virtues.[1] They serve as guidelines for making decisions about how

to behave in specific situations; they also guide us in evaluating the actions of

others. [2]Hopefully, they will provide us with a good understanding of how to react to situations

long before those situations occur.

What Ethics Are Not

 

 

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It is important to understand what ethics are not. [3]

• Ethics are not the same as our feelings. Our feelings are not always accurate indicators about a

particular action being unethical (e.g., taking a long lunch or spending too much personal time on the

Internet while at work). We all develop defense mechanisms to protect ourselves, so we may not feel badly

about a particular unethical act. Some people may actually feel good about behaving unethically.

• Ethics are not the same as religion. Most religions champion high ethical standards, but not

everyone is religious. Ethics apply to everyone.

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