Does Organizational Culture Impact Ethical Decisions in Business?

I would say that yes, Organizational Culture Impacts Ethical Decisions in Business. Two examples of this could be Politics and Sales (which could be considered very similar and related). The culture in both arenas is profoundly placed around pressure. So much so that unethical decisions are taken to reach a desired end. I see this in both areas; A Politician will be less than honest in order for you to vote for them or a Salesman will be less than honest to sell you a product. Both areas do not require unethical decisions to be made. However, what is the alternative to being honest in both scenarios? They might not get the bill passed or they might not get the sale to reach the quota. It all comes down to a simple question; what are you willing to sacrifice in keeping with ethical standards?

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  1. LeaderTwelve says:

    The ethical dilemma has been something that has “plagued” society since the beginning of time. In order to advance an agenda, let’s use your examples of politics and sales, how does one within these industries get the most out of their position or provide the most positive results? Walking that fine ethical line is something that has been an issue for quite some time, and in politics I do agree that in order to reach an agenda within the party, ethics are most times considered an afterthought. How would a politician stay in office if they kept to a strict ethical code? The short answer is that they wouldn’t, they would be kicked out by their party, their constituents or a combination of both. They most often run on the foundations of positive ethical decisions, are applauded by the people and elected for their un conforming platform. The problem is, that when they get in office and try and stick to their ethical guns, they fail to be successful and are then thought of as a disappointment or failure by the people that voted them in in the first place. See, you gave them what they wanted to hear at first, but when you can’t pull out the game winning shot everyone is up in arms. Once in office, they don’t care how you get the job done, but that you just get it done. It’s a catch twenty-two of sorts, and it’s a shame that politics has come to this. In keeping with ethical standards, are you willing to sacrifice your job? Are you willing to put aside everything you know is wrong and keep with your moral and ethical code? In this day and age it is extremely difficult, and if you are able to keep your ethical standards in tact, you truly have the Lord on your side.

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