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Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business by Scott Rae, Kenman L. Wong

By Scott Rae, Kenman L. Wong

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Through extensive interviews we hoped to find data that would support their theories and thus, perhaps, encourage higher standards of business behavior. To our surprise, our pet theories failed to stand up. Treachery, we found, can pay. There is no compelling economic reason to tell the truth or keep one’s word—punishment for the treacherous in the real world is neither swift nor sure. Honesty is, in fact, primarily a moral choice. Businesspeople do tell themselves that, in the long run, they will do well by doing good.

Pitino was quoted in the New York Times the week before as saying that he never broke a contract. But he’s 32 years old and has had five jobs. What he neglected to say is that he’s never completed a contract. The schools always let him run out, as they don’t want an unhappy coach. “The same thing is done by professional athletes every year. They sign a long-term contract and after one good year, they threaten to quit unless the contract’s renegotiated. ” Compared with the ambiguity of the Hutton and Exxon cases, the clear causality in the Kahn and Pitino cases is striking.

Instead, he strives to put himself into a strong position where he can defend himself against such pressures in the future without loss. If a man plans to take a seat in the business game, he owes it to himself to master the principles by which the game is played, including a special ethical outlook. He can then hardly fail to recognize that an occasional bluff may well be justified in terms of the game’s ethics and warranted in terms of economic necessity. Once he clears his mind on this point, he is in a good position to match his strategy against that of the other players.

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