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Organizational Behavior

Ethics in the workplace
1. You are the CEO of Acme Corp., a manufacturer of electronic components with annual sales of $500 million. Hanna uses the quote, "Every organization is perfectly designed to get the results it gets." Drawing on what you learned so far in this class, what will you do to the design of your organization to ensure your company behaves ethically?
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Leading Change
2. Organizations must change in order to survive. Few would argue with that concept, yet the majority of organizations rarely initiate changes that work and last. How would you lead a major change initiative, and see it through to its successful completion? The one-page limit is lifted for this question. Think this through carefully, integrating everything you've learned up to this point. Cite relevant sources to back up your plan. Write it as if your career and your organization's future depended on it. It just might someday.

3. It has been argued that traditional motivational practices are no longer effective. What can leaders and organizations do to effectively motivate the workforce of the 21st century? As with the other Discussion Questions, do not state your opinion without backing it up.
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Question 1. Ethics in the Workplace
From my own experience in working in small and large institutions, the statement is accurate in stating that an organization will get the results it gets when it is designed to get those results. Thus, if an organization hires people that live by a certain morale and ethic in their personal lives, they will, in most instances, have that same morale and ethic operating within the organization.

The ethical culture and morale in an organization is as a result of the decisions that take place in that organization, first, from the people who are responsible for hiring the employees who will make that organization function. Those who are responsible for hiring are limited to their own knowledge, experience, and opinions of what type of employees that organization needs. Inevitably, there will be differing opinions especially if there are a number of persons responsible for finalizing the status of applicants.

The next influence on the ethical culture and morale in an organization is the way the leadership leads and manages the employees. For example, if the organization functions similar to a dictatorial leadership with no opportunity for employees to share ideas or for other ideas to even be considered, then the morale will be less than if the employees were able to develop some level of autonomy which can hone the skills of the employees hired and will take the burden off the leadership in many cases. What I mean by the latter statement is that information can be collected and analyzed and submitted for consideration and approval to the leadership. Ethical standards can also be monitored in this way so decisions are still coming from the leadership with the input from the general culture/people of the organization.

Having ethical standards in operations and decision making has a direct effect on the moral responsibility adopted within the organization. Attempting to avoid "blame" for something that may have gone wrong could mean that there is something lacking in the ethical standards that exist. It means that the culture has developed into an "according to me" culture giving rise to decentralization which will ultimately strain the leadership of the organization even putting the organization at risk of diminishing operations in the wake of diminishing standards. This can result in ethical standards literally running out the door.

Clegg, Stewart, Martin Kornberger, and Carl Rhodes. Organizational Ethics, Decision Making, and Undecidability. The Sociological Review, Vol. 55, Issue 2, pp. 393-409 (May 2007).

How to Ensure Your Company Behaves Ethically

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This solution will assist the student in understanding how to effect organizational change and to foster motivation among employees. This solution will also assist the student in understanding how ethical standards are important to an organization.