RUNNING HEAD: ETHICS REFLECTION PAPER

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Ethics Reflection Paper Anthony Vivero STR/TM581 December 13, 2011 Robert F. Amason, Jr.. MSIM, PMP, Phd, University of Phoenix Facilitator

ethics in the business environment involves structural.ETHICS REFLECTION PAPER Ethics Reflection Paper Ethics. This paper aims to further explain that ethical viewpoint as well as the organization’s social responsibility in strategic planning and development .with emphasis on stakeholder needs. Role of Ethics and Social Responsibility in Developing a Strategic Plan With Consideration In Stakeholder Needs Social responsibility is an integral part of an organization’s mission and vision objectives. or it may involve some larger scale decision as to whether or not a company buy-out is more for personal gain rather than an overall benefit for the companies involved. customers. competitors. unions. governments. Ethics is defined as a set of moral principals that govern a group or an individual’s behavior. ethics is a part of the individual / organization whether it is accepted or not. and the local community. 2010). When formulating or redeveloping the mission of an organization. Studies indicate the top stakeholders have shifted to . It all works hand-in-hand in such cases where the general public expects the organization to improve the quality of life. With an organizational viewpoint. What is it and why is it so important – especially in an organizational point of view? In the business world. one may hear the word ‘ethics’ mentioned frequently or not at all. One thing is certain. No longer is the stockholder the only focus of an organization’s responsibility. those involved in making strategic decisions must hold the view of everyone involved from an internal standpoint (employees and stockholders) to an external standpoint such as the general public. customers want what is paid for. and individual issues based on morality. employees want job satisfaction. stockholders claim appropriate investment returns. and unions request member benefits. organizational. suppliers. with emphasis on both internal and external connections of organizations (Enderle. It may involve small decisions such as accepting a tip even the though the individual did not 2 work for it.

which include (1) the identifying who the stakeholders are. followed by stockholders and employees. (2) understanding the specific claims of the stakeholders in relation to the organization.ETHICS REFLECTION PAPER customers and government. steps must be used. and (4) effectively weaving these claims into other elements of the organization’s mission. society (Pearce & Robinson. Having an ethical viewpoint in mind as well as knowing its social responsibilities. With regards to my ethical perspectives. hence the reason why my ethical profile most closely aligns with character. This information will also help provide the company with a mission statement that encompasses the needs of the various stakeholders involved. and finally. (3) resolving and prioritizing the claims. With regards to an organization’s ethical responsibilities. By having the concept of ethics focus on methods to help people obtain moral excellence. strategic plan. These ethical responsibilities are commitments that go beyond any legal requirements where an organization is expected to conduct itself in an ethical manner. I have always had the notion that an individual’s character defines him or her and will shape the direction and decisions he or she will go towards. Explain how your ethical perspectives evolved throughout this program. In order for an organization to incorporate the interests of all of these groups into its mission statement. My ethical perspective is based on what it is good to be above what it is good to do. I do not believe my viewpoints have veered too much in relation to how they were when I first started the program. I believe that strategic . 2007). For as long as I can remember. If anything I believe that my ethical perspectives have increased from the knowledge I have learned throughout my MBA program. the 3 organization is better prepared in making a sound. the view of moral and appropriate business behavior comes into play.

Whatever may bring money into the company is what the owners will shoot for. sincere. but shortly after it reverts back to what . with very little interaction with the owners. he or she would be improperly suited to decide on conflicting issues between right and wrong. I may also come across organizations that have a pseudo system of ethical rules. I need to continue to be genuine. it becomes much easier to trust these individuals to make the right decisions. I need to be sure my words match my deeds. if the individual were known to be of bad character. There is also very little integration with ethics and the organization. individuals I work with may have a different view of morality. while being transparent no matter where I am. and honorable. Having high character standards does have its drawbacks. of course. especially with how society 4 aims to make a quick buck while stepping on one another in the process. With the issue of individual trust and empowerment. I may easily be frustrated with the simple reason that not everyone holds the same ethical values as I do. Otherwise. To ensure my character is upheld to those around me. thus my perspective may not be understood by them. One-on-one communication is replaced with bickering and venting towards employees. the questionnaire helped me to realize how unethical my job truly is compared to my viewpoints.ETHICS REFLECTION PAPER decisions will be that much easier to make because of the honesty and integrity behind those choices. virtuous. but are clearly pushed to back in favor of possible dishonest conduct. but seldom conducted. and the word ‘integrity’ is easily said. and ethical. With regards to my workplace. Add to this the idea that because those individuals making the decisions are honorable. The organization shows very little openness when it comes to ethical communication. development of one’s character is also not a top priority these days. regardless of the situation. initially the organization pushes for this.

the organization will push for teamwork and open communication… unless of course it goes against the wants of the owners. the more thought-provoking decisions become. This. will help both the individual and the organization realize what is at stake when choices are made. . Conclusion 5 Ethics plays an important role both personally and within the business environment. The more focus that is placed on the concept. Overall.ETHICS REFLECTION PAPER the owners want. in turn.

Williams Institute: Ethical Choices in the Workplace. University of Phoenix. (2010).ETHICS REFLECTION PAPER References Enderle. 6 Pearce. . University of Phoenix. B. Business Ethics Quarterly. (2011). and control (10th ed. 730-732. implementation. Clarifying the Terms of Business Ethics And CSR. (2011). Retrieved from University of Phoenix.). J. Retrieved from University of Phoenix. G. STR/TM581 website. & Robinson. Strategic management: Formulation. New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.. A. (2007). R. Williams Institute: Ethics Awareness Inventory. STR/TM581 website. 20(4).

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