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Ethics and Responsible Management: GMP-034

1. If ethics as a subject predates the arrival of formal business education in the early 1900s, why
is trust in business at a new low today?

Ethics is a highly perception driven topic where it is highly likely that what feels logical or sensible
to one person might not be sensible to others. Thus, I personally believe that ethics always remains
open to interpretation with the precedent that context might be different when discussed with
respect to different environments. In present data driven world, all the businesses around us
relies on trust as the underlying working principle between the involved parties. With the onset
of the industrial revolution, this importance on trust and therefore ethics in business ha s seen a
boost in awareness among the general public. Furthermore, since it is highly ambiguous, it becomes
equally hard to inculcate the concept of ethics in our education curriculum. Therefore, the
increasing importance of trust when unmet by the required level of education regarding the same,
results in a sense of disregard for the concept in whole.

2. If teaching ethics hasn't worked, should we teach the subject at all?

Ethics as a subject can be successful only when you don’t push it to a student’s mind but rather
let him/her get a hold of the perspectives that are involved around any situation that involves
ethical dilemmas. Therefore, if ever teaching ethics has not worked for a group of people, it is
highly likely that it’ll be only due to the reason that the curriculum tries to focus on pushing the
subject as a conventional subject to the students rather than letting conversations and healthy
discussions drive the various perspectives of ethics towards the participants. One might argue
that it is a teacher’s job to make sure that the student understands the subject but the only
effective way that this happens would be when it is taught in a way that forces students to think
about the same by themselves I.e through open healthy discussions and conversa tions.

3. How do you view the trolley problem?

Through the discussion that happened in the class, I realized that listening to the trolley prob lem,
a student initially comes up with a solution in his/her head as per to what seems naturally ethical
to him/her for that situation. After he/she is able to effectively communicate it to the peers,
not only he/she builds on his sense of self-belief but also becomes more open to listening to other
perspectives/approach of thinking to the same problem. One might not like the various
perspectives of others initially but a healthy two-way discussion makes them understand that
people think differently in different situations and one just needs to get used to the fact that
this is going to exist at all life and business situations. Therefore, an individual tries to be as
rational and open-minded as one can possibly be, given the context of the situation.