Culture and Ethics

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• What is the relationship between the organization’s culture and ethical decision making?

An organizations culture is molded by the values, behavior, attitudes, and general common practices that are displayed and exercised throughout the organization. This culture is practiced and filtered through the organizations management to set forth a standard of communication inside and outside the organization. This communication should reflect the organizations missions, values and goals, control communication norms with organization members and stakeholders.

The mission statement on St. Jude’s website reflects the culture of the organization by stating they are, “Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.” (St. Jude Mission Statement, 2011)This particular part of the mission statement reflects the idea that St. Judes is commited to cure or improve a childs disease without concern for profit. This non-profit culture allows for energy to be focused on helping children and families and not wasted on financial gain. The organization further states in the vision statement, “Our vision is to be the world leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children.” (St. Jude Mission Statement, 2011) This part of the statement tells us that they are not focused on a particular area or region of the country but have a global mindset and emulates the concern for all children.

Followed later by this they statement it says to, “Prevent diseases and minimize adverse consequences of treatment; and by educating health care and scientific research professionals” (St. Jude Mission Statement, 2011). I believe this statement lets us know they are not only concerned about the treatment and cure but also the comfort of the patients while undergoing treatment. St. Jude’s is not focused on one aspect of health for their patients but their overall health and...
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