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The Journal of Values-Based Leadership
Volume 8
Issue 1 Winter/Spring 2015

Article 6

January 2015

Favoritism: Ethical Dilemmas Viewed Through
Multiple Paradigms
I-Pang Fu
Pennsylvania State University, ipangfu@psu.edu

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Fu, I-Pang (2015) "Favoritism: Ethical Dilemmas Viewed Through Multiple Paradigms," The Journal of Values-Based Leadership: Vol. 8:
Iss. 1, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/jvbl/vol8/iss1/6

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Values-Based Leadership by an authorized administrator of ValpoScholar. For more information, please contact a ValpoScholar staff member at scholar@valpo.edu. Favoritism:
Ethical Dilemmas
Viewed Through
Multiple Paradigms
I-PANG FU, M.ED.
SMEAL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Favoritism is a controversial issue in many cultural settings. Related terms include nepotism and cronyism; all three are identified with misconduct in the merit-based business world.
The flip side is ethics — the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group (MerriamWebster, 2012). According to John Dewey (1902), “Ethics is the science that deals with conduct insofar as this is considered to be right or wrong, good or bad.” Since favoritism is perceived as being linked to workplace misconduct, it is necessary to use ethics in examining this issue. The current study applied four lenses of ethics identified by Shapiro and Stefkovich (2011) to help people deal with ethical challenges: justice, critique, care, and the profession. Findings have implications for criteria used to handle ethical challenges in the workplace.

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