ETHICS IN ORGANZATIONAL CULTURE 4
Ethicsin Organizational Culture
ConsumerE-insight isa non-profit organization seeking use technology resources to offerinformation geared towards consumer protection. The body will provideinformation to enhance the safety of consumers, particularly on fooditems. The campaign is an online awareness program that will enablethe consumers to report any unwarranted incidences arising from theconsumption of food items. The body will also work with the variouscompanies to provide details regarding their labeling of the fooditems. The primary aim is to protect the consumer and promotingpeople health and well-being.
Cultureis shared amongst all associates in an organization, thus forming acollective behavior in the system. It is true that culture caninfluence the members in a group towards a given manner ofperceiving, thinking, and feeling. Culture is known to affect the waypeople and groups interact with colleagues and other stakeholders.Organizations develop code of ethics and procedures that are followedby the employees. It is through the culture that ethical behaviorsemanate. A strong organizational culture influences ethicalpractices. Conversely, a weak organizational culture leads tounethical behaviors and practices (Daft, Murphy, & Willmott,2010). Norms, customs, and traditions may influence decision-makingand the creation of specific policies and practices. Some inhibitivetraditions and norms hinder organizational change. Some also deterthe creation of appropriate policies to eliminate adverse effectsarising from changing dynamics. Nonetheless, there exist standardsthat are helpful to an organization as they can enhance the continualof a strong organization culture (Kelly, 2007).
Non-interferencewith property rights, properties, or business is one area thatethical dilemma. Another practice is where you cannot prevent anindividual from engaging in activities that right or moral tohim/her. In the creation of this body, it is expected that peoplewill ignore certain warnings or advice from the body. As such, thebody is faced with a dilemma on to prevent such an individual fromdangers of consuming ‘bad food items’. It is also a dilemma thatthe body does not have the authority to prevent people from engagingin business, as long they are allowed by the various governmentagencies.
Publicadministrators can use internal and external controls to maintain theconduct of the employees. One such strategy is to enhance properengagement with all stakeholders, from both private and publicsectors. The administrator needs to develop a code of ethics thatguides the operations of the organization.The administrator should adopt the ‘ethical style of leadership’.Ethical leadership put into consideration essential matters oncritical components within the external and internal environment.Ethicalleadership involves managing others and influencing policies whileconsidering the interests of stakeholders and challenges. Moralapproachesare geared towards making an institution observe the best standardsand values. Theadministrator should also be a rational thinker who uses innovativecriteria to influence decisions and policies. Kacmar et al. (2013)observe that the ethical approaches on leadership are crucial indetermining the work effort and behaviour. It is through the ethicaldecisions of an administrator that help in identifying theinstitutional needs and challenges.
Usingethical decision-making model, the administrator can help solve theethical dilemmas within his or her jurisdiction. The model requiresthe leader to inculcate discipline and moral character among thefollowers. Through responsive and efficient approaches, theadministrator can help improve behavior, better, and ethical values.Ethical approaches are seen to yield positive outcomes inorganizations as well as assist in resolving ethical dilemmas.
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