We like to sit in class and critique how individuals acted in certain business situations. We analyze their decisions using moral lenses (such as act utilitarianism) and wonder how someone could make such a seemingly stupid decision. However, sometimes we fail to recognize how hard it is when you are actually making these decisions to take a step back and see the bigger picture. These are just people who are trying to make a living and probably have pressure from supervisors and coworkers and peers that push them towards making certain decisions. As they put in their 9 to 5 and are just trying to make it through the day, its hard to break out of habits and cycles and really analyze the bigger context. So next time we laugh at a bad business decision from the comfort of the classroom, lets take a second and try to put ourselves in their shoes, and give the guy a break.
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