Ethics and Organizational Decision Making: A Call for Renewal

Ethics and Organizational Decision Making: A Call for Renewal

Ethics and Organizational Decision Making: A Call for Renewal

Ethics and Organizational Decision Making: A Call for Renewal

Synopsis

Decision making is the critical key to survival in the future. It is the contention of this book that we must increase our understanding of organizational decision making in general and ethical decision making in particular. Ethics underlies much of what happens in modern organizations. Organizations, which work to institutionalize ethics, develop a culture based on ethical values and consistently display them in all their activities. They derive a number of positive benefits: improved top management control, increased productivity, avoidance of litigation and an enhanced image that attracts talent and the public's good will.

Excerpt

Ethics underlies much of what happens in modern organizations, and ethical problems exist for all types of organizations -- educational, government, religious, business, and so on. The interest in business ethics (or lack thereof) by some organizations has increased dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s. One need only look at the number of news reports, books, and other writings that focus on the topic of business ethics and what appears to be an accompanying flow of continuous unethical acts by corporations and their employees to document the increased concern and emphasis on business ethics.

A basic assumption underlying this book is that organizations that work to institutionalize ethics establish an organizational culture based on ethical values and consistently display them in all their activities. As a result of such behavior, these organizations will derive a number of positive benefits: improved top-management control, increased productivity, avoidance of litigation, and an enhanced organizational image that earns the public's good will and attracts talent. Another underlying assumption is that organizations committed to institutionalizing ethics see business ethics as focusing on business practices in light of some concept of human value, and for these organizations, the highest moral good is what ethics is all about.

A major aim of this book is to provide a better integration and understanding of a number of variables that are important to institutionalizing ethics within an organization. The book discusses the importance of ethics by paying particular attention to decision making, groupthink . . .

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