Ethical Decision-Making in the Hospitality Industry / Edition 1

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With an integrated case study approach, this book offers a comprehensive and reader-friendly method for future managers to learn how to recognize and analyze ethical dilemmas—giving them a strong foundation for making decisions based on sound ethical principles. Prepares readers to manage others successfully by helping them understand and posses the social skills necessary to ensure successful ethical interaction. Throughout the book, an on-going realistic case study of a fictional establishment presents all the possible ethical situations that may come up in the real world. Addresses the behavioral areas that influence the ability to be ethical such as civility, courtesy, problem-solving, diversity, communication, stress management, delegation, time management, and humility. Presents over 50 situations in segments of the case study for identifying the decision options, stakeholders, and the possible consequences to the stakeholders for the various decision options, and any of the Ethical Principles for Hospitality Managers that might be violated by these decisions. For those in human resource and hospitality management positions.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Conclusion, Key Words, Chapter Thought Questions, and References section.)


1. Ethical Principles for Hospitality Managers.






Concern and Respect for Others.

Commitment to Excellence.


Reputation and Morale.


2. Ethical Thought.


Normative Ethics.

Ethical Theories and Decision Making.

Analyzing Cases.

3. Good Employment Selections and Introduction to the Case Study.

Finding the Right Management Positions.

The Freshwater Oasis Inn Case Study.


4. Ethics and Front Office Management.

Front Office.

Front Desk at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.



Civility at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

5. Ethics and Housekeeping Management.



Hiring and Supervising a Diverse Workforce.

Housekeeping at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

6. Ethics and Sales and Marketing.


Ethics Codes.

Sales and Marketing at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.


7. Ethics and Facilities Management.

Fostering a Shared Ethic.

Moral and Legal Requirements.

Facilities Management at Freshwater Oasis Inn.

8. Ethics and Foodservice Management.

Managing Diversity in Foodservice.

Work Ethic.

Foodservice Worker Safety.

Foodborne Illness and Food Safety.

Foodservice at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

The Ethics of Purchasing.

Purchasing and Receiving at Freshwater Oasis Inn.

9. Ethics and Dinning Room Management.

The Dinning Room at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

Effective Communication Basics.

10. Ethics and Bar and Beverage Management.

The Bar at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Alcohol Abuse at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

Ethics and Our Lives.


11. Ethics and Human Resource Management.


Stress Management.

Time Management.


Human Resource Management at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

Chains of Command at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

12. Ethics and Technology.

Technology at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.


Becoming Humble.

Ethics and Humility.

13. Ethics and Cost Control.

Cost Control at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

Ethics and Controls.


14. Developing Codes of Ethics and Ethics Programs.

Management Deficiencies at the Freshwater Oasis Inn.

Ethics Codes.

Developing Ethics Codes.

Freshwater Oasis Inn Ethics Code.

Developing and Ethics Program.

Designing an Ethics Program for Freshwater Oasis Inn.

Training Design Model.

15. Training Management and Employees in Ethics.

Lesson Planning for the Freshwater Oasis Inn Ethics Program.


Case Study.



A. Principles and Standards of Ethical Supply Management Conduct.

B. American Society of Association Executives Standards of Conduct.

C. Marriott Corporate Policy 1, Ethical Conduct.

D. Some Messages to the Executives of Ramada Inns.

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