Assignment #1 – How Personal Can Ethics Get?
Leadership and Organizational Behavior - BUS 5200030016
Margo R Coley
Dr. Maggie Sizer
July 18, 2010
The term “ethics”, as it is applied to business and organizations, is difficult to precisely define. The International Business Ethics Institute defines business ethics as “a form of applied ethics” that “aims at inculcating a sense within a company’s employee population of how to conduct business responsibly” (Business ethics primer, 2008).
How Do Personal Differences and Preference Impact Organizational Ethics?
Personal ethics act as the foundation for your moral compass; the internal guide that ...view middle of the document...
Policies are good indicators of an organization's value system. What an organization says and does through its policies has a major impact on how that organization is perceived by its employees.
The Ethical Dilemma
In the case, the main ethical dilemma is that Valerie Young accidentally discovered that her superior was receiving kickbacks from two fragrance companies. All other ethical and moral problems were further realized and emphasized upon this discovery. (Organizational behavior: 2011)
One of the primary concerns that Valerie has over the matter is that she did not have a U.S. green card and was only granted with a special working visa. This kind of visa permits non–U.S. citizens with exceptional skills to work in the United States for a certain span of time. This kind of visa is absolutely reliant on the “fairness” of the company that person is employed under and which indicates that Valerie can forfeit her right to work or even her right for tenure the United States provided that she looses or did not have a job any longer. Aside from that, she had just been accepted at the University of Chicago under a Master of Science program and was very excited about starting her academic endeavor. (Organizational behavior: 2011)
Background on Lionel Waters
Waters, (Valerie’s superior) is noted for bad business and employee management. One of his priorities seems like he wanted to spend as much of the company’s money as he can. Launch events were completely extravagant in terms of expenses and there was this one time when Waters rented an entire stable outside of Chicago just to show off his horseback riding skills. This cost the company around $25,000. Waters was frequently tardy in meetings and there were instances he canceled them completely despite no noted problem. Waters’ leave his team most of the time to fend for themselves, making decisions on their own because was usually not around. Waters spends a lot of time at home or at his other office. He also spends a great deal of time travelling and going on to vacations. Employees seldom have the opportunity to work with him and their efficiency and productivity was mostly the product of their...