Managing for Organizational Integrity
From Clever Camel WikiJump to navigationJump to search
- Managers think that ethical violations are about a rouge employee doing something bad. In fact, managers do play a large role.
- Law favors company who's managers make efforts to comply - but companies need to go beyond what the law requires.
- Sears Example - Management can create a set of incentives that leads to unethical behavior even if that is not the purpose (incentives to increase sales leads to misrepresentations by salesmen)
- Management and sound organization can lead to a ethical response (Tylenol recall)
- Although it is important to have a framework in place to comply with the law, this is not enough. Just because something is legal doesn't mean that it is ethical
- There might be some bad consequences to have a ethics system that stresses punishment and a strict adherence to a given law because the law isn't a perfect guide to moral behavior
- "An integrity strategy is broader, deeper, and more demanding than a legal compliance initiative."
- Focus on values (such as honesty, fair dealing) or aspirations (such as good service to customers) or appropriate behavior
- Focus on ethics can have many advantages:
- A focus on ethics and values can lead to keeping employees happy and decreasing turnover.
- A focus on ethics can better relationships with suppliers