Operations Management: Balancing Ethics with the Bottom Line Term Paper by Nicky

A look at different perspectives on corporate social responsibility with a focus on the Mattel Toy Company.
# 150195 | 2,528 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2012 in Business (Companies) , Business (Applied Operations) , Ethics (General)

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This paper discusses how different companies take different stands when it comes to corporate social responsibility (CSR). It also looks at how some emphasize management responsibilities towards stakeholders, others argue that companies should actively contribute to social goals, and yet others reject a social responsibility of business beyond legal compliance. In particular, the paper examines the question of whether ethics should have a role in organizational management through a case study of the Mattel Toy Company who outsource their production to China, a country with a shaky record on its human rights and environmental policies.

Literature Review
Overview: Case study
Description of the Aspects of the Case under Investigation
Comparison and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Nike had been much-criticized in the media for its unethical practices towards the developing world's employees that manufactured its expensive (some might say overpriced) sneakers. However, it has made considerable and notable efforts to reform its operations. However, why did this box style reduction draw such little press? The problem, Neef says, is that ethical actions, particularly in the realm of operations management are not very 'sexy,' "Reorganizing a distribution hub so that a company's delivery trucks drive fewer miles, initiating a waste water recycling policy, or creating better transportation and storage techniques for hazardous materials in developing countries are not stories that sell papers - or make marketable studies for consultancy white papers" (Neef 2009). Environmental sustainability requires smaller, systematic actions, rather than sweeping gestures. Still, "in short, given the size and output of developed-world companies, improving sloppy logistics and supply chain practices in western multinationals alone could greatly improve the health and safety of workers globally, and vastly reduce the current level of damage to the environment. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brocklesby, J. 2009. Ethics beyond the model: How social dynamics can interfere with ethical practice in operational research/management science. Omega, 37(6), p.1073.
  • Davies, J., V.J. Mabin, S.J. Balderstone. 2005, December. The theory of constraints: a methodology apart?--a comparison with selected OR/MS methodologies. Omega, 33 (6), pp. 506-524
  • Neef, Dale. 2005. Supply chain ethics. Ethical Corporation.July 24, 2009. http://www.ethicalcorp.com/content.asp?ContentID=3629
  • Palmeri, Christopher. 2007, August. What went wrong at Mattel? Business Week. July 24, 2009.http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/aug2007/db20070814_154726.htm
  • Picavet, E. 2009. Opportunities and pitfalls for ethical analysis in operations research and the management sciences. Omega, 37(6), 1121.

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