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Ethics in Management

             What is the status of ethics in management? This is a very hard question to address in a two to three page .
             paper because there is no definite answer. As with many society-wide concerns, ethics runs the entire .
             spectrum of behaviors; from Wal-Mart being very customer oriented and a friend of charity to those fly-by- .
             night repair scams that tend to prey on the elderly. .
             When does a business cross the line from making a profit to stealing a profit? That is a hard line to gauge. .
             Laws are designed to make that line a little clearer but laws can't out think the mind of man. If a way can .
             be thought of to make money it already has been or is being thought of. It's where people are taken .
             advantage of that we need to worry. There are many business in place that simply prey on the people who .
             don't know any better. Whether its the feature on Prime-Time that shows elderly people tricked into phony .
             home repairs or the local business that offered a friend of mine a computer at an inflated price with an .
             outrageous financing plan, some business practices are unethical. What I will focus on today is not the .
             clearly right or the clearly wrong but that vast amount of items that are in the middle. .
             Looking at more of a gray area, Wal-Mart is generally viewed as an ethically company but even they have .
             a reputation for unfair competition. Wal-Mart has a marketing plan that targets smaller cities with large- .
             volume discount stores. While this may not appear to be unfair on its face, many people have felt it's .
             negative effect. When Wal-Mart moves into a market, many of it's smaller competitors go out of business. .
             Small business in small towns can't compete with the prices, availability, or selection of a huge .
             conglomerate like Wal-Mart. People in the towns don't have much of a choice. Pay more for less or pay .
             less for more? Not are hard decision. But the ultimate effect is that many small business can't survive the .

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