The Scaffold Plank

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Case Study Four: The Scaffold Plank

Business ethics and morals are part of any organizational design and behavior for any organization as usually there are several decisions that individuals need to take that might have ethical or moral effect on the company and on the individuals themselves. Companies should have clear policies for their work morals and ethics so that they can make it less controversial for their employees when they have to take that kind of decisions. On an individual level, each person should have his own ethics and should follow them at work, but that doesn’t mean that the company or the organization doesn’t have to have a clear rules and regulations for any business related incident that might require a decision based on ethics and morals.

In the lumber company that Bob works for they face such decisions on a regular basis but the company in this case doesn’t have defined business ethics regulations as it is a small company. The owner, Mr White, think that there are too many factors that affect business decisions. In the case study Bob, the trader, faces a situation where he gets a suspicious order from Quality Company with a certain type of lumber for a specific application. This type of lumber with the stock size and grade ordered, was not available in the market in that time that it was ordered in. the receiving and operation personal told Bob that they have a similar type of lumber but from a different grade that can be used, and they will be given a one inch thicker material for safety purpose. (Jones, 2012)

The material that the application requires should be Scaffold Planks so that it can withstand a certain amount of stresses and weights, yet the buying company, Quality, didn’t specify that type of lumber on the purchase order as they know it is not available in the market and it will be much more expensive and they wanted to take the order from the end customer. Quality company purchaser claims that all the companies does...
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