What happens to an individual’s personal code of ethics in the complex and competitive business environment? How do ethical decisions affect the individual, and in turn, the potential of the organization? This video uses a life-and-death dilemma faced during a mountaineering expedition in Nepal’s Himalayas as a metaphor for ethical dilemmas faced in the business world. In a classic re-creation of a Harvard Business School symposium, host Arthur Miller builds on Bowen H. McCoy’s parable about the Himalayan expedition as a backdrop for a lively and provocative forum on business ethics. Participants, including business executives, ethicists, and journalists, offer a variety of responses to essential questions about the ethical component of everyday business issues: how decisions are made, how to achieve a shared sense of purpose, the importance of leadership, the need for compromise and nonconformity, and the role of the individual and personal ethics. Part of the Harvard Business Review Video Series.
32 minutes • Color