Ethics Awareness Inventory

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Ethics Awareness Inventory

MGT 344 Organizational Behavior and Ethical Responsibility

September 1, 2008



Ethics commonly refer to the rules or principles that define right and wrong conduct. In the United States, many believe we are currently suffering from an ethics crisis. Behaviors that were once thought unacceptable -- lying, cheating, misrepresenting, and covering up mistakes -- have become in many people's eyes acceptable or necessary practices. Managers profit from illegal use of insider stock information, and members of Congress write hundreds of bad checks. Even college students seem to have become caught up in the wave where studies show significant increases in cheating on tests. Concern over this perceived decline in ethical standards is being addressed by organizations by building an ethical culture. Without ethics, there would be no way for a person to judge right from wrong, which is why it is important to have a good sense of personal ethics awareness.

The Ethics Awareness Inventory at the University of Phoenix assists students with their development and understanding of what their personal ethical perspective and style is. This survey enables students to learn more about their character, obligation, results, and equity (CORE). In this paper, I will describe the results of this inventory to my personal and professional development.


My ethical perspective is character. A character perspective is based on what is good to be, rather than what it is good to do. I look beyond the actions of people to examine their character. The traits I look for in people are honor, justice, and benevolence. I believe that virtue is reflected in the quality of one's character and that character is more important than actions. I do not believe that I have to comply...