Over the past few years we have seen a significant shift in business ethics. For some managers it is deemed acceptable to “bend the legal rules” as long as it ultimately benefits the company. This ethical system, often called teleological ethics, is being embraced by many managers and executive today when placed under pressure to be competitive in the business world.
Others hold to a more traditional form of ethics called deontological ethics where the right thing is done no matter what the consequences are—even if it means getting fired.
So how does a project manager choose the right ethical system when faced with pressures from executive managers to do whatever it takes to benefit the company?