Cisco Systems, a technology firm with more than 60,000 employees worldwide, has emphasized ethics in interesting ways. Until a few years ago, Cisco did ethics training and enforcement like many other firms by using organization-required sessions and procedures. However, Cisco now uses a constantly available ethics program through its firm communications, Internet, and even television programs similar to American Idol. To conduct its ethics awareness, Cisco enables employees worldwide to view the Ethics Idol via television on its intranet. Cartoon individuals present different ethical situations and then have “judges” give decisions. Employees vote on the best answer to each situation. More ...view middle of the document...
Conduct independent research how a different organization manages ethical behavior and write a paper that addresses the following main points1.Summarize the organizations' background2.Describe how the organization manages ethical behavior3.Describe how the organization creates an organizational culture based on ethical principles. Results can be either positive or negative based upon the research and the organization selected.
BackgroundHenry Ford built his first car, the Quadricycle Runabout,over a hundred years ago in the summer of 1896. It had a four-horsepower engine and could reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, an astonishing feat for the late 19th century. He sold that car for $200 to finance his second car, which was completed in early 1898. On June 16, 1903, he incorporated Ford Motor Company, which was capitalized for $100,000 with twelve stockholders. The company produced 1,708 cars that first year.
Today, Ford Motor Company is a US$160 billion corporation with some 350,000 employees in 200 countries around the world. In 1999, just over one hundred years after Henry Ford built the Runabout, Ford Motor Company manufactured 7.2 million vehicles worldwide. The Challenge Ford’s roots are grounded in harnessing the latest technology and innovative production techniques. In fact, Fortune Magazine recently named Henry Ford the “Businessman of the Century” and Ford’s Model T
“Car of the Century.” However, as a 100-year-old company, Ford had developed some of the unfortunate characteristics of
large-scale growth. With customers becoming more demanding and cost pressures mounting, the company wanted to transform from a very linear, top-down, bureaucratic business model to a Net Ready, nimble organization that involves and integrates customers, suppliers, and employees. “Ford’s overall vision is to become the leading consumer company for automotive products
and services,” says Jim Yost, Ford vice president and CIO. “We believe one of the best ways to try and drive that is to connect everyone together in communities to best serve our customers worldwide.” Ford needed to integrate more closely with their many and diverse suppliers, to make information available to the entire supply chain simultaneously. In the current cascade
process, this can take days, weeks, and sometimes even months. Another key initiative close to the executive team’s heart is Ford’s OTD (Order to delivery) process. OTD is the supply chain process that comprises product engineering through vehicle manufacturing and distribution. The goal of being more consumer oriented requires Ford to shorten the delivery cycle from the
time a customer places an order to the time the vehicle is actually delivered to a dealer and the owner takes possession.
Ford also wanted to improve communication to and among employees, to encourage a more open, collaborative working environment. From providing unfiltered top-down communication to providing low-cost access to the Internet,...