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1. “When in Rome, do as Romans do” is an example of:

a) Ethical imperialism
b) Ethical relativism
c) Cultural imperialism
d) Cultural relativism

2. Which of the following is legal according to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) passed in 1977?

a) Payments to high ranking government officials
b) Grease payments to lower-level government officials
c) Bribes to political parties
d) Kickbacks to win overseas contracts
e) None of the above

3.  If we understand how people think and behave in their native environment, we will understand how a particular group will behave in relation to cultural outsiders.

A.    True
B.    False

4. Women working as expatriate managers are unsuccessful in some countries because they are treated the same as women from that local culture.

A.    True
B.    False

5. Ethical issues are universal and do not vary from culture to culture.

A.    True
B.    False

6. A country’s sociopolitical environment increases the number of ethical questions a company must deal with.

A.    True
B.    False


7. Which of the following is false?

a) Organizations are affected by the expatriate manager’s ability to adjust to the new setting.
b) Organizations are not affected by the expatriate family’s ability to adjust to the new setting.
c) Foreign language proficiency is more important for non-English speakers in English-speaking countries.
d) Cross-cultural training can help an expatriate manager better adjust to the new culture. 

8. Which of the following is false?

a) Culture can be defined as “collective mental programming.”
b) Culture represents different patterns of believing.
c) Culture is used to interpret the world.
d) Individuals will interpret their experiences in a new culture in terms of that new culture.

9. ___________ define themselves in terms of their group memberships and their contributions to the success of those groups.

a) Individualists
b) Collectivist
c) High power distance
d) Low power distance

10. ____________ reflects acceptance of inequality and respect for social status or class boundaries.

a) Individualism
b) Collectivism
c) High power distance
d) Low power distance

11. The title “ethics officer” did not exist until the early 1950s.
A.    True
B.    False

12. Ethics only needs to be communicated in orientation materials for new employees.

A.    True
B.    False


13. An increase in the number of calls on the “ethics action line” is a sign that there are more problems in the company now.
A.    True
B.    False

14. Research has shown that between ___________ of the information that passes through the grapevine is accurate.

a) 10 to 30%
b) 30 to 50%
c) 50 to 70%
d) 70 to 90%

15. As an important component of _________’s ethics communication approach, Agent Dewright’s sample ethical dilemmas were e-mailed to all employees for responses.  It was a great way to engage front line employees as well as to communicate the company’s strong commitment to ethics.

a) Texas Instruments
b) Scott’s Paper Products
c) USAA
d) Southwest Airlines

16. Your friend, Sam, has been selected to create a new ethics training program at work.  What advice should you give Sam?  

a) Ensure that all employees receive the same training content.
b) Focus on new employees only; the other employees already know this stuff.
c) Provide separate training depending on the needs of different groups of employees.
d) Bring in outside consultants to conduct the training.

17. The __________ approach to formal corporate ethics initiatives is proactive and inspirational.

a) Rules
b) Compliance
c) Principles
d) Values

18. The _________ approach to formal corporate ethics initiatives focuses on required behavior or obeying the letter of the law.

a) Rules
b) Compliance
c) Principles
d) Values

19. Organization cultures vary widely, even within the same industry.

A.    True
B.    False

20. Because common ethical problems exist across virtually all organizations, formal programs designed for ethics work well as “one size fits all.”

A.    True
B.    False

21. Weak organizational cultures are:

a) desirable if an organization has many subcultures.
b) desirable if an organization wants diversity of thought and action. 
c) desirable if an organization wants behavioral consistency. 
d) undesirable in all situations.

22.  The “moral person” component of ethical leadership:

a) Tells employees how the leader expects them to behave.
b) Tells employees how the leader is likely to behave.
c) Shows that ethics and values are an important part of the leader’s message.
d) Demonstrates a reputation for ethical leadership among employees.

23. According to the Executive Ethical Leadership Reputation Matrix, ___________ is an executive characterized as a weak “moral person” and a strong “moral manager.”

a) Unethical leader
b) Ethical leader
c) Ethically neutral leader
d) Hypocritical leader

24. Describing the decision-making process in the language of ethics does not help individuals make more ethical decisions.

A.    True
B.    False

25. According to the Executive Ethical Leadership Reputation Matrix, ___________ is an executive characterized as a strong “moral person” and a strong “moral manager.”

a) Unethical leader
b) Ethical leader
c) Ethically neutral leader
d) Hypocritical leader


26. Weak organizational cultures are:

a) desirable if an organization has many subcultures.
b) desirable if an organization wants diversity of thought and action. 
c) desirable if an organization wants behavioral consistency. 
d) undesirable in all situations.

27. The more a firm demands unquestioning obedience to authority, the more likely the firm will experience higher levels of unethical conduct among employees.

A.    True
B.    False

28. Research has found that employees working in organizations with a code of ethics report that they engage in less unethical behavior.

A.    True
B.    False

29. One of the most common faults in ethical decision making is to ignore the long-term consequences of a decision.

A.    True
B.    False

30. The idea that consumers have the right to safety, right to be heard, right to choose, and right to be informed came from ____________ in ________.

a) Theodore Roosevelt; 1930.
b) The Food and Drug Act; 1906.
c) John F. Kennedy; 1962.
d) George W. Bush; 2004.

 

 

31. In this example of a conflict of interest, ________ conducted a series of off-the-books partnerships that were used to hide the organization’s debt and inflate its stock price.  The partnerships were managed by the company’s executives who stood to profit the most from the transactions.

a) Merrill Lynch
b) Enron 
c) Citicorp
d) Adelphia

32. Only since Enron’s collapse have ethicists and business professionals really been concerned about the increasing focus on “short-term” earnings.

A.    True
B.    False

33. In a 2002 poll, _________ ranked last on the “who do you trust scale.”

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