Organizational Culture and Ethical Decision Making.
Corporate culture can be defined as a set of beliefs, values, goals and norms that help employees solve organizational problems of any given organization whether profit motivated or non-profit ones (Ferrell and Fraedrich, 2014 p. 184). This includes behavioral patterns, rituals, ceremonies and even concepts that help run the daily routines of an organization. Organization culture can have major influences on organizational ethical decision making. According to Ferrell and Fraedrich, (2014), corporate culture is very important in the determination of ethics within the organization. Corporate culture may encourage and reward ethical behavior upon which its employees will have to uphold ethics. However, if an organization fails to monitor its culture towards upholding ethics, the result may be fostering questionable behavior within the organization. This may further be caused by conflict between cultural values that the management upholds and those that really work within the organization. To avoid this crash, top managers should determine the organization culture and work towards upholding it. Top management guide ethical decisions through their roles in guiding their juniors towards achievement of set organization goals. For such goals to be achieved, employees must be involved. They can only comply with ethical dealings if they perceive that the organization is satisfying their needs. This way, employees will follow set procedures. The leaders should also be transformational as they strive to raise the level of employees’ commitment. This can only be possible if the employees have trust in their managers. The employees would only emulate their leaders and if the managers uphold ethics, the employees will be ethical. Among the pertinent ethical issues within organizations is the hiring of employees who seem to have ethical issues. Some employees may be known to have relevant...
References: Ferrell, O., & Fraedrich, J. (2014). Business ethics: Ethical decision making and cases: 2009 update (7th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
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