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Ethics, Code of Conduct in Management

1. What is the difference between personal and organizational ethics? How do they relate? Can personal ethics conflict with the culture of an organization? Explain. What are the benefits of an organization that chooses to incorporate ethical training into its culture?

2. How do ethics become ground rules for individual and group morals, values, virtues, etc.? How can these ground rules formulate into ethical codes of conduct for employees? Ethics training by organizations is seen by some as the method to controlling the behavior of employees. Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

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Personal and Organizational Ethics

Ethics is one of the major concerns of philosophy, broader than what people usually see as that moral compass between right & wrong. Its origin is from the Greek word 'ethica' referring to moral philosophy. Ethics focuses its questions & structure on answering what is right & good in one's pursuit of the 'good life'. There are various ethical frameworks that men adapt to suit their beliefs & their lifestyles influenced by their own set of socialization. What is ethical for me is primarily what I have learned in my formative years concurrently & subsequently improved and influenced by experience. For instance on questions about how I should live my life, my Christian upbringing gave me that moral code of doing what is right according to the basic commandments of the Old & the New Testament. Stealing, lying, causing harm to others and greed - they are actions that for me are deviant. In the same vein, the way to a good life for me is hard work, transparency, quest for knowledge and inspiration. In an organization, just as I have my own ethical viewpoints that influence my actions and conduct in life, the 'Code of Ethics' becomes that professional, social and moral compass that sets the standard. For example, the American Bar Association has come up with 8 Main Concerns in its Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Averaging at 10 subsequent ethical by-laws per concern, it's a thorough ethical standard on conceivable issues in the practice of Law. Despite their genre of expertise (Corporate, finance, prosecution, criminal, real-estate & property, family, etc.) law practitioners in America abide by the Code of Ethics established by the American Bar Association. With States adopting ABA Model Rules, ethical accountability in terms of law practice point out to the Model Rules as the set standard in terms of dealing with the legal profession's ethical concerns. For example, in issues with regards to confidential information, the ABA Model Rule states -

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Personal and organizational ethics are defined,explained and differentiated with their association/relation analysed for the purpose of explaining how personal and organizational ethics affect & influence each other. Ethics- as acomponent orelement of cultureis also discussedtoexplain how it 'creates' corporate values, group cutlture, ethics, values & virtues - thecollective concensus norm. Ethical codes and ground rules are also discussed in relation to controlling employee behaviour. A word version is attached for easy printing. The solution follows the APA-format and a word version is attached for easy printing.