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    If your organization has an existing code of ethics, obtain a copy, and be prepared to discuss it in this week. If it does not use one from another organization. This code of ethics will be used as the basis for the System of Inquiry assignment.

    Develop a system of inquiry to be used in evaluating decision-making, problem solving, and behavior in a business setting. This model should include a basic framework as well as a discussion of why, how, when, and by whom it is used. Consider how you would implement the code, possible reactions to the code from employees, and the effect the code would have on the organization. Then prepare a 10-12 slide PowerPoint presentation describing your system of inquiry in detail.

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    First we look at three systems of ethical inquiry that the HR manager could use to determine if an employee or department manager has stepped out of the bounds of ethical propriety. Some examples and references will also be provided.
    Definition of an Ethical Dilemma. Perhaps too often, business ethics is portrayed as a matter of resolving conflicts in which one option appears to be the clear choice. For example, case studies are often presented in which an employee is faced with whether or not to lie, steal, cheat, abuse another, break terms of a contract, etc. However, ethical dilemmas faced by managers are often more real-to-life and highly complex with no clear guidelines, whether in law or often in religion.

    There are 3 methods to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas:
    Organizations should develop and document a procedure for dealing with ethical dilemmas as they arise. Ideally, ethical dilemmas should be resolved by a group within the organization, e.g., an ethics committee comprised of top leaders/managers and/or members of the board. Consider having staff members on the committee, as well. The following three methods can be used to address ethical dilemmas. Methods include an ethical checklist, a ten-step method and a list of key questions. (Note that The Golden Rule is probably the most common method to resolve ethical dilemmas. The rule exists in various forms in many of the world religions.)

    A. Method One - Ethical Checklist
    Twin Cities-based consultants, Doug Wallace and Jon Pekel, suggest the following ethical checklist to address ethical dilemmas. If necessary, revise your decision and action plan based on results of this test.
    1. Relevant Information Test. Have I/we obtained as much information as possible to make an informed decision and action plan for this situation?
    2. Involvement Test. Have I/we involved all who have a right to have input and/or to be involved in making this decision and action plan?
    3. Consequential ...

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    The solution develops a system of inquiry to evaluate decision making, problem solving and behaviours.