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Chapter XV. Ethics and E-Business: An Ox... > Is There a Need for Ethics in E-Busi...

Is There a Need for Ethics in E-Business?

Harrison (p. 40) refers to the individual’s moral development as opposed to the corporation’s. He mentions the years of debate about whether the modern corporation should be deemed responsible for immoral acts and collective responsibility and puts forward the notion that as “corporations are owned, managed and staffed by individuals who are morally responsible beings” then it follows that yes, modern corporations should be held responsible. The debate is taken further but for the purposes of this chapter, it is enough to assume that like individuals, ethics is a fundamental part of the corporate culture. Like traditional corporations, e-businesses are also made up of individuals (albeit sometimes only one) and these individuals also have moral responsibility.

At least a few references on the e-business ethics topic returned the concept that e-business and ethics is an oxymoron (“a figure of speech by which a locution produces an effect by a seeming self-contradiction”, Delbridge et al., 2001, p. 1369). Is it a widely held belief that ethics and e-business is a contradiction? Sama and Shoaf (2002) say that “in the absence of normative ethical behaviour to guide decision-making in this new realm, rules of the game are being forged by special interests, such as company lawyers, eager entrepreneurs, and overnight millionaires seduced by the ease and rapidity with which they can amass their fortunes”.


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