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The analysis of Betty’s ethical dilemma’s are studied based on four different philosophical ethical perspectives.
Four different types of ethical perspectives that can be applied to ethical dilemmas are utilitarian, deontology, relativism and virtue. Each of these four ethical theories visualizes the application of ethical judgment based on completely different assumptions. The deontology ethical perspective says that goodness resides in making decisions that recognize and keep moral obligations such that the actual consequences of the action are a secondary concern (Maricopa). As a bookkeeper Betty is in a profession that places a high level of importance to ethical behavior. Managers sometimes feel a lot of pressures from shareholders and executive to deliver results fast. At times unethical bookkeepers are asked to cook up the numbers by creating false entries into the accounting system. Betty ethical profile and characters traits would not allow her to perform such an action. She is a person that believes in integrity, honor and actions that demonstrate moral excellence. By applying the deontology perspective view to this situation Betty would not be involved in any type of cooking up the number accounting scheme because the consequences of those actions are criminal charges, civil charges and expulsion from the profession. These consequences mean the act is unethical and would never be performed by Betty.
Utilitarian ethical perspective says that actions are considered right or wrong based on their consequences and the optimal solution is the one that brings the best overall outcome (Scu, 2007). Betty’s ethical profile contradicts the utilitarian ethical perspective. Betty believes that the right choice may not appear to be the most beneficial choice, in the short-run, for the organization you have agreed to support. The right
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