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Deontological Examination of SBC Communications Inc The current blatant examples of corporate greed and accompanying devastation thrust upon stockholders and employees have shocked many Americans Enron and WorldCom are only two companies that have ruined the lifestyle and financial security of so many The article titled SBC Says It Will Cut 11000 Jobs 3000 in the State Pham reprint points out yet another situation where thousands of workers will be without a job even though the company posted a 72 billion profit in 2001 and 46 billion in sales in 2001 Nevertheless SBC Communications Inc blames government regulations for the reduction in profits and sales last year While it appears that the claim is bogus the company has implemented a series of layoffs that will cut the employee rolls to a bare minimum On the surface it appears that the companys actions are immoral or maybe even unethical Percesepe 1995 defines moral as principles or rules of conduct that govern an individual or society and ethics as the systematic attempt to understand moral concepts and to justify moral principles and theories This essay will examine the SBC layoffs within the methodology of deontology Burtness 1999 bottom line when defining deontology is its universalizability Deontological methods distinguish moral from non-moral judgments and work with moral obligations considered to be universally applicable Burtness 1999 p 59 To apply this test to the SBC Communication Inc layoff situation necessitates that a number of conditions be discussed including clarification of the word deontology and examination of various characteristics of SBCs situation Deontology is Greek for it is necessary Thus deontological theories claim that the morality of an action depends on its intrinsic nature or on its motives It is concerned with being in accordance with some rule or principle and either not at all or only partly on consequences It is sometimes referred to as an ethic of duty The word absolute is often used to refer to a
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