The 4 Ethical Rules Applied to Business Decisions


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Your boss has recently been awarded and praised by the community for designing an internship program for underemployed college graduates. This is an example of _____.

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1. You and your business partner hire a contractor who is currently on parole. This is an example of which ethical rule?


You need to choose a new product for your company, you have two options:

Product A: A trendy product that is likely to have very high sales in the first year, but become obsolete quickly. The product is not environmentally friendly, and it does not offer long-term employment for the sales team that will need to be hired on contract.

Product B: A wholesome product that is predicted to provide steady sales over many years, but is not guaranteed to make as many sales in the first fiscal year. It is environmentally friendly and can be produced partially in-house, creating two new jobs.

You choose Product B. Which rule did you follow when making your decision?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how much you know about making ethical business decisions with this interactive quiz and corresponding worksheet. Questions ask you to choose the answer that best represents the ethical rule used in a hypothetical scenario. To pass, you must have a strong understanding of the four ethical rules applied to business decisions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments test your ability to review business scenarios and correctly identify the application of one of the following ethical rules:

  • Utilitarian
  • Moral rights
  • Justice
  • Practical

Skills Practiced

Practice the following skills using these assessments:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson that examines the four ethical rules applied to business decisions
  • Making connections - use understanding of the four ethical rules to choose which are best used in hypothetical scenarios
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify an example of the moral rights rule

Additional Learning

The lesson called The 4 Ethical Rules Applied to Business Decisions accompanies this worksheet and quiz. Review this lesson to explore the following topics:

  • The objective of the utilitarian rule
  • How the moral rights rule impacts a population
  • Desired outcomes of the justice rule
  • Features of the practical rule
  • Four important questions to ask when making an ethical business decision