PHI 445 Personal and Organizational Ethics
September 30, 2012
Case Study Analysis: Personal and Organizational Ethics and Values
In this scenario, I play an ethnographic researcher that is writing a case study for a popular organizational behavior research journal. My purpose is to identify key problems related to business ethics in a Not-for-Profit and For-Profit organization. My personal perspective will also be discussed as I seek to analyze the ethical perspectives of all three entities. The Star of Hope Mission is the not-for-profit and Best Buy is the for-profit. I will be drawing comparison from the business ethics of each organization and sharing how each perspective aligns with my own. The purpose of this case study analysis is to do just that by drawing comparisons across an array of social conditions. STAR OF HOPE MISSION
Background- Began in 1907, by Reverend Dennis R. Pevoto and Evangelist Mordecai Ham, the Star of Hope has been a beacon for those seeking shelter in their time of need. It was the first shelter for the homeless in Houston, Texas. It has had to relocate several times in its history, but has always remained in the heart of the city. As the times passed, homelessness broadened its scope and the organization rose up to meet the rising need to shelter women and children. Today the Star of Hope offers an honorable selection of services to aid this growing population. The Star of Hope provides shelter, food, day care services, healthcare, education, employment, and substance abuse recovery and life skills management. All this is made possible by public and private donations, the United Way, churches, civic and community groups, corporations, grants and foundations. The Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women, and children. The obstacles that face this organization funding and the increased number of homeless persons is the city of Houston. More women and children are homeless now than ever before. The most recent factors have been the masses of unemployed people been unable to maintain their subsistence. Subsistence means the minimum (as of food and shelter) necessary to support life (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsistence). This means the mission has to do more to provide for the people it shelters. Even though in some cases the homeless person is responsible for their situation, today the most likely culprit is the economy and the increase in unemployed people. There is no cure all for homelessness. What could do some good, especially when children are concerned, is prevention aid. Something along the lines of offering assistance to those on the brink of homelessness; whether is job assistance or a monetary donation or both. The organization already offers many programs, but I believe if they offered services that were aimed toward prevention rather than wait for the homeless to come to them, they could be more effective in their mission. This means that more contributions would be needed to fund such an endeavor. While my solution sounds like a viable option, there are obstacles that are sure to block or strain its impact. More personnel or volunteers would be needed. A system or a process would have to be developed to stipulate terms of eligibility. The Mission would also have to seek funding for this endeavor. Currently, it is funded by grants and donations. The organization would then need a way of verify claims and verifying that once help is given it is used for the purpose in which it was given to prevent misuse and abuse of the organization. BEST BUY
Background-Best Buy Co., Inc. was founded in 1966. When it opened it was called Sound of Music. The company had great success with its blowout sales called Best Buys, so in 1983 the company adopted its new moniker. Founder Richard...