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A Report On Ethics And The Strategic Planning Process

by Kenneth Ross MAMBA07B

STR/581 Facilitator: Dr. Charles A. von Urff Workshop 1 Assignment Due November 20, 2010 Submitted November 20, 2010

The formulation begins with the vision statement or goals of the company. The strategy process is dependent upon the leadership’s ethical perspectives and values. The character and values of the organizational leaders are very important to employees. mission and values to all employees to obtain feedback about the strategy and goals for the company. The ethical views and values of the leadership will determine the effectiveness of the strategic plan process. . During the development process the leadership will communicate the vision. and is the key to motivating employees to obtain the company’s goals. The strategic team must ensure everyone understands the goals and values of the company and how they fit into the vision.Executive Summary In the development of strategic plan the senior leaders will develop a business or corporate level strategy to obtain the goals of the company. The strategic plan must be aligned with the goals and objectives of the organization. The workplace ethics can affect how the leadership is perceived by employees and make the work environment amiable or hostile. mission statement and the core values of the company. management must support the plan and provide feedback at all stages of the process.

and refuse to compromise or communicate. environment. The senior leaders will attempt to persuade the team about their beliefs. economy. I will highlight some of the ethical issues that can arise during the formulation of a strategic plan. The team will then be tasked with identifying the stakeholders. inputs. Strategic Plan Process The company leadership will schedule a meeting to develop a plan and build rapport between the leaders so that can break down barriers and open the lines of communication.Introduction In the development of strategic plan the senior leaders will meet to develop or change the business or corporate level strategy to obtain the goals of the company or identify the new vision or mission of the company The process can be very lengthy and ineffective if the leadership is varied and have different ethical perspectives and values. outputs. During the rapport building phase the leaders’ ethical perspectives and values will surface and the facilitator will have to ensure the leaders effectively communicate without attacking an individuals in the group. key customers and suppliers. The formulation . and how the product or service will positively impact the customers and provide a return on investment for the stakeholders. and processes to formulate a strategy for success of the organization. values and concerns but the group must acknowledge the different values and perspectives and collectively continue on with the development of the strategic plan. The leaders have a social responsibility to the stakeholders to develop and implement a plan that considers the employees. Hopefully this phase will build cohesion among the leaders and they will become an effective team.

management must lead by example or their will be disgruntled and unhappy workers. Supervisors and lower level employees will emulate the leadership and strive to be the type of employee the company covets. if these results-oriented leaders’ moral and ethical compasses compel them to provide accurate and .begins with the vision statement or goals of the company. During the development process the leadership will also communicate the vision. The character and values of the organizational leaders are very important to employees. mission and values to all employees to obtain feedback about the strategy and goals for the company. Establishing or modifying the core values is critical to the culture and the type of employee’s management wants working for the company. The beliefs of the management will permeate the organization so it is imperative that the leaders project and display values that are consistent with those of the organization. External and Internal Assessment The strategic team will accomplish a SWOT analysis and identify the organizations strengths weaknesses. The employees will not follow the leaders if they perceive the leadership to be untrustworthy or duplicitous. However. mission statement or purpose and the core values of the company. so the strategic team must ensure everyone understands the goals and values of the company. The ethical perspectives can have a negative effect on this process and cause the team to lose sight of the company’s vision and goals. therefore presenting the team with false or misleading information. opportunities and threats. Managers are reluctant to identify weaknesses in their departments and may exaggerate about the strengths. and is the key to motivating employees to obtain the company’s goals. The significance of a company’s core values can not be understated. Some leader’s ethical perspectives impede downward communications.

stakeholders. 2010). most corporate level strategies are not communicated to the lower level employees until the action is completed (ex. These assessments will help the organization identify risks and develop a strategy to mitigate risks and the effect on the strategic plan. merger. and the economy. the team could focus on the opportunities and threats and save valuable time and resources. The strategy will be either business or corporate level. providing false or incorrect financial or product information can be very costly and detrimental to the reputation of the company. The implementation of the strategy must support the goals and objectives of the organization and management must support and follow up on the plan and provide feedback to the leadership and lower level employees. Strategy Selection and Implementation The senior leaders will then formulate a strategy from the information gathered and convey it to the employees so they can support the strategy wholeheartedly. Planning for the unexpected may prevent bankruptcy and chaos within the organizational structure. and diversification). competition. The egos and ethical perspectives may interfere with the communication process to the lower levels and hamper the effectiveness of the plan especially if there is a change in culture. The organization should align the management . The strategy team must be ethical when seeking alliances or merging with companies.relevant information. and how it may affect the strategy of the organization. The equitable manager could have difficulty with the techniques and methods used by the senior leaders to mitigate risks and may question their reasoning if he or she feels they didn’t assess the risks fairly (Williams Institute. The process involves completion of external and internal assessments to provide information about employees. acquisition. customers.

The policies and programs developed during this process must be implemented and supported by management. Personal and Workplace Ethical Views During the last 15 months my ethical perspectives have changed and made me not only consider the character of a person but also the results and obligation perspectives of an individual. The university and professors constantly reminded me about ethics when writing or submitting papers and how it could affect my grades and enrollment in the MBA program. Again. The decisions we make on our journey is a by product of our beliefs and values and this program has made me aware of the different perspectives and view of other individuals with similar goals. My character has not changed but my commitment has waned because of my personal and family values. I do believe that the professors were equitable but I also believe that some professors were not as passionate about passing their knowledge to their students. Some people have advanced through the program with the goal of achieving results by any means and may have compromised their values or beliefs to achieve their goals. communication is the key and the leadership must initiate the downward communication to the lowest employee in the organization to facilitate buy-in to the strategy. and I applaud them for all of their help. My workplace doesn’t foster creativity and the . and how they affected my decision making and career choices. As the customer I felt some people were obligated to impart knowledge and help students achieve their goals. the ethical views of my employers. One of my goals is to learn the basics of each subject and become a well rounded MBA graduate.structure with the compensation plan. The workplace ethical awareness survey was very enlightening and made me answer some difficult questions about my perceptions. to hire and promote the right people to increase the probability of success.

The workplace ethics can affect how management is perceived by lower level employees and make the environment amiable or hostile. This work environment has affected my school work and has distracted me from my studies. The leadership must ensure the work environment promotes creativity and innovation if they are going to keep their employees motivated and productive. The leaders are results driven do to contractual obligations and they do not support personnel on human relationship issues. . The values will determine the culture of the organization and how people respond to the style of leadership used while attempting to reach the goals of the company. The workplace ethics of the leaders is always questioned during a crisis because we never know what to expect. there values are constantly changing and we cannot predict how they will behave in a given situation.leadership doesn’t promote personal growth and career development. Conclusion The strategic plan process can be affected by the ethical perspectives and values of the senior leaders in the organization.

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