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Organization Culture & Ethics

Describe the connections between culture and ethics. What is the potential for organizational culture to serve as a means of improving ethics in an organization?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: When has ethics been a speed bump for an organization of which you've been part? Or, on the reverse side, when has the culture of an organization with which you've been associated been a driving force for ethics being adopted and maintained? Which is stronger? Why?

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> Describe the connections between culture and ethics.

There is a definite connection between culture and ethics. In terms of business operations, the key is to have an "ethical culture" or a "culture of ethics" functioning throughout the organization. In fact, the term ethics includes "culture" in its definition as a way of being or operating.

ETHICS is defined as:
1. a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture.
2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.
Cultural Ethics: The branch of philosophy that deals with morality. Ethics is concerned with distinguishing between good and evil in the world, between right and wrong human actions, and between virtuous and nonvirtuous characteristics of people.

*** http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ethics?s=t

CULTURE is defined as:
1. the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.
5. the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: the youth culture; the drug culture.

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Solution describes connections between culture and ethics; and examines the potential for organizational culture to serve as a means of improving ethics in an organization. In addition, a PRACTICAL APPLICATION is explored with the following questions: When has ethics been a speed bump for an organization of which you've been part? Or, on the reverse side, when has the culture of an organization with which you've been associated been a driving force for ethics being adopted and maintained? Which is stronger? Why?

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