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Leadership Skills - Business Ethics

Each person comes from a different sociocultural background even if the backgrounds are similar. As such, each person brings a separate set of beliefs and values that are reflected in his or her ethics. Organizations operate in much the same manner; each organization has various environmental influences that shape beliefs, values, and ethical standards and practices. When organizations from different countries attempt to work with each other, imagine the potential for chaos given that not only do the organizations have ethical differences, so too do the individual leaders and managers in each organization. When you factor in the broader stakeholders in each country with similar types of ethical differences, chaos seems unavoidable. However, organizations manage to effectively operate despite ethical differences every day.

Consider the aforementioned aspects, and using the module readings and the Argosy University online library resources, research the impact of ethical factors on OB. Then, respond to the following:
•How do ethics factor into organizational behavior?
•How might the deontological and the consequential perspectives of an organization's leaders and managers affect working with people in different countries?

Be sure that your response does not simply state that something is ethical or unethical. It should be founded in ethical theories or perspectives. Give reasons and examples, supported with appropriate academic literature, when developing your

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N.B. As referenced in your professor's instructions, be sure to review, " the module readings and the Argosy University online library," if applicable.

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

• How do ethics factor into organizational behavior?

Ethics factors into organizational behavior (OB) in a number of ways that chiefly deals with value systems and moral guidelines. In addition to being a perception of right versus wrong, it's important to consider the way academia defines 'ethics' and how the definition differs in the business world of organizations.

Firstly, an online philosophy encyclopedia at the University of Tennessee - Martin says, "The field of ethics (or moral philosophy) involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior via theories of metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics...to resolve controversial issues."
> http://www.iep.utm.edu/ethics/

According to Stanford's Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "business ethics is the applied ethics discipline that addresses moral features of commercial activity. Programs of legal compliance, empirical studies into the moral beliefs and attitudes of business people, a panoply of best-practices claims, arguments for (or against) mandatory worker participation in management, and attempts at applying traditional ethical theories, theories of justice, or theories of the state to firms or to the functional areas of business are all advanced as contributions to business ethics..."

Section 4 of the site also includes expanded information on International Business Ethics, which briefly says, "Doing business transnationally raises a number of issues that have no analogue in business dealings done within a single country or legal jurisdiction. International business ethics seeks to address those issues. Where ethical norms are in conflict, owing to different cultural practices, which ethical norms ought to guide one's business conduct in other nations and cultures?"
> http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-business/

So, how do ethics factor into organizational behavior? Ethics factors into each and every aspect of the way employees, managers, and leaders of organizations view what's right or wrong. Generally, the behavior of an organization stems from the founder and the established procedures or processes that operate in the day-to-day business. How do workers judge what's right or wrong? The answer is from supervisors > managers > and ...

Solution Summary

Solution examines how each person comes from a different sociocultural background even if the backgrounds are similar. As such, each person brings a separate set of beliefs and values that are reflected in his or her ethics. Organizations operate in much the same manner; each organization has various environmental influences that shape beliefs, values, and ethical standards and practices. When organizations from different countries attempt to work with each other, imagine the potential for chaos given that not only do the organizations have ethical differences, so too do the individual leaders and managers in each organization. When you factor in the broader stakeholders in each country with similar types of ethical differences, chaos seems unavoidable. However, organizations manage to effectively operate despite ethical differences every day.

Consider the aforementioned aspects, and using module readings, the impact of ethical factors on Organizational Behavior (OB) is discussed, along with a solution to the following questions:

• How do ethics factor into organizational behavior?

• How might the deontological and the consequential perspectives of an organization's leaders and managers affect working with people in different countries?

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