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    Group, Personal and Organizational Ethics

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    What are examples of individual and group ethics or ground rules that are different?

    How do personal ethics relate to organizational ethics?

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    1. What are examples of individual and group ethics or ground rules that are different?

    In fact, personal ethics and group ethics follow the same ethical principles, however they differ in their processes and effects. Ethics is a body of principles or standards of human conduct that govern both the behavior of individuals and groups. Ethics arise not simply from man's creation but from human nature itself making it a natural body of laws from which man's laws follow. http://www.ethicsquality.com/about.htm
    Therefore, in group ethics, the system of operating cultural effects must also be managed if organizational ethics and outcomes are to be improved with high assurance. Three facts of nature in ethics and culture/group ethics that make all the difference in organization and program success or failure:
    • Group cultures influence ethical behavior more than the sum of their individual ethics.
    • Ethical reasoning is a logical sequence where policies come last, making policies the result of ethical reasoning, not a substitute for it.
    • Ethics and Culture Gaps (escapes) can only be reduced by preventing their root causes at the beginning of the process.
    Thus, the individual and group ethics and principles (ground rules) are the same. It is not a matter of the principles or ground rules being different, rather the process of how culture impacts the group ethics and behavior differ. For example, let's say that in the organization over time the group norm emerged that everyone leaves half an hour early on Friday even though policy stipulates that work ends at 5:00 P.M. not 4:30. This group ethics often will override personal ethics, which when asked, the average worker would say that it is very important to follow organizational policies.
    Let's explore the three points listed above, and how they would be managed differently than individual ethics.
    Example: Exploring the three points listed above (adapted)
    The first law of managing organizational ethics is recognizing the main points of influence. Ethics in organizations are influenced more by the group ethics system (culture) than by the sum of the individual personal ethics systems. These "group effects" can have a profound effect on the ethical behavior and overall culture of an ...

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    This solution discusses examples of individual and group ethics or ground rules that are different. It also examines the relationship between personal ethics and organizational ethics.

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