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This paper uses a structured, objective format sometimes called a system of inquiry. This assignment is a systematic formalized inquiry into or examination of the code of ethics of an organization and its effects to achieve a specific level of ethical behavior in employees, management, and executives.

Each business should have a framework for ensuring ethical behavior. The structure, format, and scope of codes vary depending on the companyâ??s business. An oil company's code, for example, would probably have different criteria and emphases than a healthcare provider's code of ethics. Sometimes, codes of ethics are called by other names, such as an employee code of conduct. A code of ethics, though, should be differentiated from standard good operating practices.

Evaluation and analysis includes problem solving and behavior in assessing organizational ethics along with decision-making processes. In this case, you are evaluating your own companyâ??s code of ethics, or that of another company if your employer does not have a code of ethics.

1,200- to 1,400-word paper, one not using question-and-answer format, discussing your organizationâ??s code of ethics in detail. Perform the following steps:

Obtain a copy of your employer's code of ethics or find an example on the Internet from a major corporation, such as Shell Oil Companyâ??s Statement of Ethics. This is the document upon which to base your inquiry.

Write a general information paragraph on the company, including its mission statement.

Determine the type of ethical system used by the firm and reasons or examples upon which you based your decisions. Ethical systems include ends-driven, relativistic, entitlement, and duty-driven (legal or religious) ethics.

Identify and discuss how the code of ethics is used. Include several paragraphs on each use: one for employees, one for management, one for the board of directors, and so forth. Some of this information comes from the companyâ??s code of ethics. Others may be available through an Internet search. Consider the following:

â?¢ Why it is usedâ?"the general or special circumstances
â?¢ How it is used
â?¢ When it is used

Why might the organization need to modify their existing code of ethics? Consider how you might modify the code if you were the new CEO and how you would implement the changes.

What possible reactions to the code are to be expected from employees and managers? What effects does the organizational culture have on the acceptance of the code?

What is the effect of the code on the organization?

Summarize the results of your systematic analysis or inquiry into the code of ethics of this organization.

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Hi and once again, thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. I have made the assumption that at the moment, you have no access to a company's code of ethics and decided to use one available online involving a retail organization since jobs in retail are most accessible to working students (which I have assumed you are). If you will also notice, this is a first-person narrative as the essay asks you to critique from experience. If you have any questions regarding the solution, please feel free to let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies.

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OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
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Code of Ethics Review: Office Max

About the Company

"Integrity and Accountability. Think Company and Customer First. Teamwork and Trust. Focus and Discipline. A sense of Urgency. These are OfficeMax's core values, the shared principles that bind us and help us to move OfficeMax's business forward. "
- Sam K. Duncan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 2010

OfficeMax is the US' 3rd largest office supply retailer behind Office depot and Staples. Established in 1988 in Naperville, Illinois, it has now grown to become an employer of over 32,300 in the US alone with revenue of over $ 9billion/annum. It is publicly traded in the NYSE. It grew partly by establishing more stores in key locations across the US but also by acquisition of rivals (i.e. Office Squares from KMart). While OfficeMax has faced its own slew of ethical, legal and sales/marketing issues, it has continued to soldier on through the decades working from a one-store retail to a mega retailer whose lines include just about all office needs from pen, paper to furniture, machines, computers and software including back-office support. The number of its employees dictate that for behavior of its group members to be geared towards one purpose and for expectations ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a 1,141-word narrative that provides a sample review of a Business' Code of Ethics - why, how and when it used, its effect/importance in the organization. In particular this solution looks at the values of the company as well as provides an analysis of it's organizational culture via a review of it's Code of ethics. Full details of the company are included as well as a link to it's Code of Ethics.

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