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Ethical Decisions and Moral Overload


This course offers two separate articles. See course description for details.

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This course offers two separate articles:

Article One: Ethics training, to be effective, must go beyond informing employees of laws and policies the firm expects them to comply with. Rather, its chief goal should be to equip and encourage employees to make sound ethical decisions. Therefore, human resources managers who design and implement ethics training need to pay special attention to the nature of ethical decision making. This article identifies several aspects of

ethical decisions that should to be taken into account in devising or modifying an employee training program. It then offers some suggestions about what these features entail for ethics instruction.

Article 2 When thinking about ethics, technology is often only mentioned as the source of our problems, not as a potential solution to our moral dilemmas. When thinking about technology, ethics is often only mentioned as a constraint on developments, not as a source and spring of innovation. In this paper, we argue that ethics can be the source of technological development rather than just a constraint and technological progress can create moral progress rather than just moral problems. We show this by an analysis of how technology can contribute to the solution of so-called moral overload or moral dilemmas. Such dilemmas typically create a moral residue that is the basis of a second-order principle that tells us to reshape the world so that we can meet all our moral obligations. We can do so through guided technological innovation.

Professional Development Hours: 2