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Unfortunately, in recent times, we have seen a number of examples of unethical behavior in organizations, often tied to the organization's handling of finances. In this question, discuss ethical issues facing the top leadership or financial managers in today's corporate environment regarding their approach to the financial matters of the firm. What pressures exist that might encourage unethical behavior, particularly as it pertains to the firm's financial reporting or situation? How might these be mitigated? (You might want to conduct a search to identify examples to examine actions suggested or taken to help mitigate these instances).

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One of the main problems is that many companies tie company earnings or performance to management's bonuses. This can mean big trouble, and it is one of the prime motivators for unethical decision-making in companies. When this happens, management is often temped to manipulate accounting transactions and other areas of financial performance to keep net income high, because if they don't, it means losing out on their bonus. This is also one reason why a few of the bigger companies have stopped this practice, and started offering other ways to measure how bonuses should be awarded, where they're not directly tied to earnings. ...

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The solution provides a detailed explanation discussing what pressures exist that might encourage unethical behavior, particularly as it pertains to the firm's financial reporting or situation and how these could be mitigated.

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1. What are the managerial and ethical issues presented in this scenario?
2. What options are available to you as the director of corporate marketing? State the pros and cons of each option you identify.
3. Based upon the options you identified above, describe, fully and succinctly, your course of action.
4. Also address what action(s) you would take so that all in-country managers would know how to respond should they encounter a similar situation at their location.
5. Identify the leadership style you would utilize to bring about a professional resolution to this situation.
6. With the understanding that leadership involves influencing others, give your personal definition of Leadership, and share some personal perspectives that have shaped your leadership style.
7. How can you use your prior leadership experience(s) to make a meaningful contribution to the MSOL program and to enhance the learning of others?

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