Organizational and Personal Ethics Case Study by Nicky

Organizational and Personal Ethics
A case study of this writer's experience as an assistant manager in an organization that was involved in unethical behavior.
# 148985 | 2,601 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 16, 2011 in Business (Management) , Ethics (General)

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The writer relates that through his tenure as an assistant manager for Affiliated Medical Products, he learned that functionality and the long-term viability of an organization may be as much contingent upon the strength of its ethical resolve as on the quality of its physical output. The writer goes on to describe how this business was fraught with operational problems that stemmed primarily from the unethical actions of the boss, and the fact that this behavior was bolstered by similar standards throughout the industry. The writer emphasizes the ethical dilemmas this created for him and outlines the actions he undertook to provide a positive template for ethical improvement in the organization.

From the Paper:

"The relationship between myself and the staff of six workers over whom I presided was one based in a combination of expert and referent power. (Johnson, 10) Due to the highly applied nature of my position, a managerial title endowed with many of the practical labor responsibilities as are given to lower ranking members of the team, I was able to develop a close relationship with my staff that enabled me to earn their loyalty and confidence through example. Engaging in the production, task-orientation and scheduling of day-to-day operations, I played a role in working directly with the staff in addition to serving as its leader. In this capacity, I most often served as the communicational liaison between the CEO and my staff.
"These characteristics, as they apply both to the relationship between myself and Mr. Anonymous, and between myself and the staff, are central to the investigation of the ethical dilemma there. The loyalty which I had to Mr. Anonymous is defined by the relationship articulated above. Likewise, the relationship between myself and my staff would be crucial to addressing these ethical concerns. In the face of the dynamics described here, the dilemma is enforced by the unwavering condition of the practicality in ethical business practice: "For discerning the needs of clients, monitoring the moves of competitors, benefiting from the experience of associates, and serving others well, it's hard to see how there could be anything ultimately more important than truth." (Morris, 26)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alford, C.(2001). Whistleblowers. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • Bennis, W. & Biederman, P. W. (1997). Organizing genius: The secrets ofcreative collaboration. Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley.
  • DeLeon, P.(1993), Thinking About Political Corruption. White Plains, NY:M.E. Sharpe.
  • Johnson, C. (2005). Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership, 2ndedition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Morris, T. (1997). If Aristotle Ran General Motors. New York: Holt.

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