International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

According to the Rules of the Game
C. Kenneth Meyer, Meghan Harris, Lance Noe, Jeffrey A. Geerts

Although our behavior is ethically above the Apes, it falls short of being Angelic!” And in that maxim lies the fruit of this case study. Julius Rathjens, an ethics officer, who, in the course of his day in the office, reads about the transgressions of Air Force personnel and state and local government employees. As a student of politics and organizational behavior, he knew that ethics as taught in training and academic programs left much to be desired. But what was at hand now was quite different as he compiled a list of misbehaviors for Air Force service members and state and local government employees and placed their misdeeds in two exhibits. Then, he attempted to find those ethical lapses and behaviors which shared a common theme and those which were disparate. The Questions and Instructions which follow the case are written to evoke contemplative responses from those who work in the field of management and know how difficult it is to make judgments of “…other affecting behavior…”in a pluralistic society.

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