This Internet article, Advantages & Disadvantages to Outsourcing IT, offers a quick summary on the pros and cons of outsourcing. Outsourcing allows vendors who specialize in their field to adequately plan and implement a particular subset of tasks. The outsourced vendors also have specific equipment and technical expertise, most of the times better than the ones at the outsourcing organization. (Williams, 2008). This article also discusses the utilization of outsourcing can lead to a decrease in financial overhead and operation costs. Services are contracted out, the need for office space, through rent or ownership, is greatly reduced or eliminated, as is the need for parking ...view middle of the document...
Many organizations are increasingly reliant on technology to introduce better business practices, communicate and collaborate ideas and manage projects around the world around the globe and increase productivity and profits. With its benefits, comes its pit falls – failure to implement ethical controls, standards/policies can result in team de-motivation, unproductively and staggering out-of-pocket expenses. In this environment, ethics govern the control of the project or operations, avoid abuse and basic poor decision-making; organizations must strive to harmonize the personnel that accomplish the missions and objectives.
The Rules and Roles
In a virtual team environment, business ethics manifest both as written and unwritten codes of moral standards that are critical to the current activities and future aspirations of a business organization. They can differ from one company to another because of differences in cultural perspectives, operational structures and strategic orientations. The guiding framework of business ethics permeates all levels of the organization. It is about having the wisdom and a duty to determine the difference between right actions and wrong decisions – especially when the boss is not looking. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one many philosophers that had a theory of deontological or duty-based ethics. (Williams, 2008)
As with any team,...