Running head: BUSINESS ETHICS
1. Discuss why Goldman Sachs (use research from the CU library for Goldman Sachs)
was a disciple of Albert Carr's theory of "business is a poker game and we are all
It is true that Goldman Sachs is a disciple of the theory by Albert Carr “business is a
poker game and we are all bluffing.” This is because Goldman Sachs played a big role in the
2008-2009 financial collapse and accrued high profits during this period, at a time when some
financial institutions were collapsing. It is stated that Goldman Sachs deceived its shareholders to
benefit when the economic position shifted. This trickery is synonymized with the saying by
Albert – “business is a poker game and we are all bluffing.” As such, Goldman Sachs shows
adherence to this line of thought, something that is against ethical principles.
2. Please prepare 2-3 pages, complete the questions at the end of the case study. Click the
link for case study https://www.scu.edu/ethics/focus-areas/businessethics/resources/googles-handling-of-the-echo-chamber-manifesto/
In regard to ethical guidelines, it can be argued that the firing of Damore was ethical.
This is because it helped to advocate for the ethical principles that guide the operations and
conduct at Google Corporation. The firing was an outright indicator that the firm is unwavering
in ensuring that all individuals were accorded respect and were not discriminated in any way
while at the workplace. Apart from that, the firing helped to distance the firm from the
sentiments put forward by Damore, thus help in maintaining a positive ethical perspective about
the company in the population. The firing was also ethical because it was done following set
hiring and firing guidelines at the corporation. At a time when Google was striving to improve
diversity at the firm, such an email was an indicator of individuals who were not supporting
Google’s vision and mission. As such, firing Damore did not violate any ethical principles, but
rather showed Google’s determination to boost diversity and ethical guidelines.
If I were faced with the same dilemma as Pichai, I would have made the same decision.
This is mainly because the email leaked to the public, and could have tarnished the public image
of the company considering that the email contained negative views and opinions about women
and other employees from minority groups at Google. Overall, Pichai made the best decision for
the case scenario, which helped to reinstate the public’s trust about Google’s standpoint on the
issue of workplace diversity and adherence to ethical guidelines.
It is not ethical to fire someone mainly because of alternative views on an issue. Although
this is true, many other things determine the outcome of the decision to fire someone or not. The
manner of communicating their alternative views as well as the content of the communication
determine whether one needs firing or not. In the case, Damore’s email leaks to the public, which
affects the public’s belief and trust in Google due to the sentiments presented. This necessitated
firing Damore as a means of restoring public’s trust and belief in Google. As such, Damore was
not fired due to sharing his sentiments, but was fired for using discriminatory sentiments and
disrespecting some of Google employees, whom he deemed to be an indi...