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- Discuss the importance of organizational ethics as it relates to organizational effectiveness. Support your response with current literature on organizational ethics.
- Describe an ethical issue that your current or past organization faced. Evaluate how the organization's leader and the organization's members handled the situation.
- When dealing with the ethical issue described above, identify the traits and skills the leader used to address the issue. Was the leader successful in the deployment of his or her approach? Why or why not?
- What, if any, traits and skills did the leader and organizational members lack in dealing with the ethical issue? What should they have done differently to be more effective in dealing with the issue?

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Discuss the importance of organizational ethics as it relates to organizational effectiveness. Support your response with current literature on organizational ethics.

In the past two decades organizational ethics has been in the spotlight due to a number of spectacular failures in the corporate sector.
One industry that has been plagued by ethical issues is the Health care industry . Ethical issues are also more glaringly apparent in this industry, than in any other. The Health care Organizations in this industry have been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

Some of the examples of such cases are :

1. King Edward Memorial Hospital - Douglas more than Inquiry, WA 2001;
2. Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals - Walker Inquiry, NSW 2004;
3. Bundaberg Hospital - Morris Inquiry, QLD 2005

Incidences of misdiagnoses, delayed treatment, drug error, hospital delays, wrong administration of medicines, failure of equipment at critical junctures, etc, are rampant in the health care sector, indicating a ethical crisis and ineffective management of Health care organizations(HCOs) . This has undermined the trust and confidence of patients and the public , in HCOs. Due to the loss in organizational effectiveness of HCOs, it is not only the patients and public that have lost faith in HCOs.

The erosion of effectiveness due to reducing quality, increasing cost, and decreasing safety of patients, has affected stake holders because the poor delivery of patient care ultimately affects corporate image and profitability.

A remedy for HCOs is the robust (re)development and implementation of leadership and organizational ethics. Another related remedy is reminding stakeholders of the original purpose of HCOs, notably: to foster and sustain the highly valued social goods of accessible, safe and quality health care services, which in turn are fundamentally linked to other highly valued social goods like, 'restoring health, preventing diseases, alleviating suffering, respect for persons, protecting the vulnerable, and social justice' (Pijnenburg and Gordijn 2005, p 142).

There is increasing recognition hat ethics is crucial to the survival, viability, sustainability and growth of HCOs (Spencer et al 2000).

Organizational effectiveness in HCOs can be developed by Leadership ethics, as a powerful ethical leader would have the ability to transform the organization by strongly promoting organizational ethics
(Ciulla 2004; Spencer et al 2000).

Organizational ethics is ...

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The article discusses the relationship between ethics and organization effectiveness. The article discusses the importance of ethics and looks at the fallout of poor ethics on the future of organizations.

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