Ethics

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Ethics

Standards of conduct or moral judgment.

Ethics

The study and practice of appropriate behavior, regardless of the behavior's legality. Certain industries have professional organizations setting and promoting certain ethical standards. For example, an accountant may be required to refrain from engaging in aggressive accounting, even when a particular type of aggressive accounting is not illegal. Professional organizations may censure or revoke the licenses of those professionals who are found to have violated the ethical standards of their fields.

In investing, ethics helps inform the investment decisions of some individuals and companies. For example, an individual may have a moral objection to smoking and therefore refrain from investing in tobacco companies. Ethics may be both positive and negative in investing; that is, it may inform where an individual makes investments (e.g. in environmentally friendly companies) and where he/she does not (e.g. in arms manufacturers). Some mutual funds and even whole subdivisions are dedicated to promoting ethical investing. See also: Green fund, Islamic finance.
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The earlier sections are more problematic, as their approach is heavily dependent on descriptive ethics and the centrality of literature and narrative in understanding error.
Carey called for a normative ethics that would unite the philosophical study of ethical theory with descriptive ethics.
In particular, I believe that business communication ethics research should: (a) identify and address issues that integrate central concerns of business, communication, and ethics; (b) use a full range of research methods in addressing questions of descriptive ethics; (c) move beyond descriptive ethics to address normative ethics and, perhaps, even meta-ethics; (d) relate current research both to past research in business communication ethics and to the large, diverse body of research in other fields such as ethics and business ethics; and (e) encourage and support those scholars who choose business communication ethics research as a major research focus.

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