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Impact of Ethics on Business Culture

Though businesses significantly improve the quality of life through their products and services, organizations are still ethically challenged due to human nature and management gaps. Some people believe that every action or decision we as individuals do is subject to ethical analysis and the same applies to organizations. When a group of people (organization) plans to do something unethical, the consequences will not only affect the board committee of that organization, but it will also affect the simple employee who might not even know that his/her company has unethical intentions.

QUESTION:

If we are to judge the people responsible for the organization's unethical behavior, what do you think is a suitable and just method that treats that simple employee with equity?

Please include any references in your response. Thanks for your help!

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Organizations all have a distinct culture. It is this culture that has to be analyzed to help determine how ethics and behavior are applied. Some key factors to look for are in how the company operates. Do they reward employees for success at any cost, or do they demand that employees follow all rules and guidelines and be good stewards that protect the company's reputation and its assets. Are employees pressured in their positions to commit unethical misconduct? And finally, does the organization have in place some systemic issues that could potentially drive a good employee to make bad choices (Ethics, 2004).

Depending on how an organizations culture and way of doing business is established will determine the ethical risks that could occur. To avoid these issues, the organization will have to establish, or in some cases reestablish the ethical expectations and standards across all levels of the company, beginning with top management down through the ranks (Brannon, 2008).

When establishing the organizations ethical standards and responsibilities, there are specific guidelines that should be followed that will allow for understanding of the policies and promote equity for all employees at every level. Too often is the case where ...

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Depending on how an organizations culture and way of doing business is established will determine the ethical risks that could occur. To avoid these issues, the organization will have to establish, or in some cases reestablish the ethical expectations and standards across all levels of the company, beginning with top management down through the ranks (Brannon, 2008).

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