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Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility MGT 216
The manner in which a company does business is a reflection of the ethics of the organization. Most strive to abide by the ethical values set forth by the company; however, on occasion these ethical practices are compromised and an organizational ethics issue is born. Ethics issues can be caused by any number of factors but one reason stands above the rest. One of the main causes of ethical issues in an organization is monetary gain. This writing focuses on a potential ethics issue by describing the issue, analyzing the stakeholders, identifying values, resolving the issue, addressing objections, and implementing the resolution Business ethics is about having standards, principles and doing the right thing even if no one is around to see you do it. Business ethics is one of the most difficult issues to deal with, in a corporate atmosphere. Issues in business ethics within the sales department are very apparent, such as; make your quota or else. Why do good people do bad things? I believe that salary is one of the biggest reasons for unethical behavior. Some additional examples for the use of unethical behavior may include, fear, and conflicts of interest within the company. Smith & Nephew awards its employees with bonuses, vacation days and awards for the hard work that its employees accomplish. However, Smith & Nephew does have strict rules for those who like to bend the rules and support or produce unethical behavior. Most of Smith & Nephew’s offices are run by employees and their management is located in Memphis Tennessee, therefore the need for strict policy and rules is necessary. This company’s employees have plenty of opportunity to bend the rules and participate in unethical business but it goes back to the principles of doing the right thing. (Blake R.C.2008). One of the main causes of...
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