firms experiencing ethical dilemmas
Use an organisation that is or has been in the news during the past two years (work-related learning) and identify an ethical dilemma faced by that organisation as an example.
• Apply at least two theoretical concepts from managerial ethics to examine this dilemma critically.
• Go on to examine and critically evaluate the relationship between ethics, leadership and decision making.
• In conclusion, reflect critically on how leaders may ensure organisational decisions are made ethically.
• Academic and professional communication skills: You must follow an essay structure that is at a minimum an introduction; a main body that outlines the argument, analyses the material you have researched and assesses this according to the guidelines above; and a conclusion.Your writing style must follow professional literacy: Citations and a final reference list that follows the APA 6 guidelines accurately; the quality of writing and presentation: accurate mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation etc.); use respectful language to discuss all people; avoid emotive language; employ inclusive, non-sexist language. Use a minimum of ten (10) citations/references
In essence, you’ll have to show that you comprehend the theories around the subject, analyze them critically, and assess how they apply in the workplace. Please draw on your understanding of the organization, relevant scholarly literature, and source materials.
This assignment is designed to address Learning Objectives 1 to 5 (see above) by:
• familiarizing students with the various theories relating to organizations and organizational planning and control.
• encouraging students to discern the strengths and weaknesses of the wide array of theoretical contributions;
• encouraging students to use empirical evidence to support their arguments.
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Criteria? Standards? LO Mark High Distinction (38.25–45) Distinction (33.75-37.8) Credit(29.25-33.3 ) Pass (22.5–28.8) Fail (00.0–22.05)
An organization that is or has been in the news during the past two years (work-related learning) is used to identify an ethical dilemma.
A highly appropriate organization is identified that provides an outstanding and critical basis for further examination. Identification of organization provides a detailed and accurate basis from which to develop further examination. Identification of the organization provides a sufficiently detailed basis for further examination. Identification of organizations is underdeveloped, inhibiting deeper examination. Identification of organizations is inaccurate, inadequate, insufficient, and unclear.
At least two theoretical concepts from managerial ethics are applied to examine this dilemma critically. 3 /8 Identifies, explains, applies, and critiques major alternative theoretical concepts with depth, detail, and clarity. Identifies, applies, and critiques major alternative theoretical concepts clearly and accurately. Identifies, explains, and applies important alternative theoretical concepts but occasionally lacks clarity or accuracy. Critique is limited. Identifies, explains, and applies alternative theoretical concepts, but with some limitations, inconsistency, and/or inaccuracy. Superficial critique. Limited grasp of alternative theoretical concepts; lacking in critical examination.
Examination and critical evaluation of how ethics, leadership, and decision-making are related
2 /15 Clearly demonstrates a high level of ability to synthesize theory and practice using readings and/or alternative perspectives.
Able to interpret the relationship between theory and practice accurately. Offers appropriate and relevant examples to support the line of argument. Able to identify the relevant relationships between theory and practice. Offers some evaluation but occasionally lacks consistency. Demonstrates an adequate level of relating theory to practice, and some consideration is provided for alternative perspectives.
Descriptive. Reproduces information from lectures and readings. The relationship between theory and practice is underdeveloped and poorly argued.
Conclusions reflect critically on how leaders may ensure organizational decisions are made ethically. 5 /10 Shows deep critical reflection on and engagement with leadership and ethical decision-making.
A strong and reasoned argument is made to support the conclusions. Shows detailed critical reflection of and engagement with leadership and ethical decision-making.
A strong argument is made to support the conclusions. Shows a degree of critical reflection on and engagement with leadership and ethical decision-making. Notes alternative perspectives and provides examples where necessary to support conclusions. Examples of alternative perspectives are provided; reflection is superficial rather than meaningful. Shows a basic level of engagement with leadership and ethical decision-making. Engagement is minimal. Conclusions are reached, providing no or little evidence. Shows scant engagement with leadership and ethical decision-making.
Academic and professional communication skills:
Follows an essay structure.
Writing style must follow professional literacy: citations and a final reference list that follows the APA6 guidelines accurately; the quality of writing and presentation: accurate mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.); use respectful language to discuss all people; avoid emotive language; employ inclusive, non-sexist language. A minimum of ten (10) citations or references is used.
/10 Structure uses a clear and concise topic, linking sentences, and connected paragraphs. A sophisticated level of professional language was achieved. Paragraphs are succinct with excellent ability with grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. Impeccable referencing in APA 6Outstanding presentation.
Structure that uses paragraphs and sentences. Extensive use of topic and linking sentences. Leads the reader through the argument in a clear and logical way. Follows guidelines comprehensively. Professional literacy is well demonstrated. Substantial ability with grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Ample relevant, accurate referencing using APA 6Clear structure. Adequate use of sentences and paragraphs Guidelines were followed clearly. Level of professional language used. Paragraphs are succinct. Generally good ability with grammar and spelling; appropriate vocabulary Significant but limited referencing The structure is apparent, with fair use of topic and linking sentences and paragraphs. Some of the guidelines were followed. Only a general level of professional language was achieved. Adequate level of control over grammar and fair ability with spelling and vocabulary. Referencing lacks specificity and has some inaccuracies. There is no apparent structure. Poor sentence and paragraph construction Guidelines were not followed. Language is not professional, inclusive, or respectful. Paragraphs are off the point. Inadequate ability with grammar, poor vocabulary, and poor spelling Insufficient and/or inaccurate referencing
Presentation requirements are as follows:
• The assessment must adopt an essay structure and not that of a management report.
• The writing style must follow professional literacy.
• Citations and a final reference list must be included that follow the APA 6 citation guidelines accurately.
• The quality of writing and presentation: accurate mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.); use respectful language to discuss all people; avoid emotive language; employ inclusive, non-sexist language.
• A minimum of ten (10) citations or references is used.
For this assessment, the APA referencing format is required.
The answer must be in the following format:
1. Introduction (about 200 words)
i) Explain the situation you are about to discuss (e.g., firms experiencing ethical dilemmas); cite academic sources.
ii) Give definitions of the most important concepts and introduce theories for managerial ethics (3–4 sentences).
iii) Introduce the company to which you will show how ethical concepts have (or have not) been applied; briefly describe the ethical dilemma; use citation.
iv) State your thesis (which is in Section 4 of your assignment), i.e., what you understand companies must implement to ensure they make ethical decisions.
400 words: discuss the company, the ethical dilemma, and the full impact of the ethical dilemma (use industry citation).
400 words: Discuss one theoretical concept of managerial ethics, then apply it to your company (does it show that your firm has acted ethically or not?). Evaluate this from a number of points of view (managerial). Stakeholders, etc. use academic citation.
400 words: Discuss the second theoretical concept of managerial ethics( as above).
400 words: Discuss how behavior guided by management leads to a positive climate for stakeholders, referring to ethical decision-making (give a definition). use academic cititation.
400 words: Apply such a positive climate to your company and explain why that was not the case in your firm (refer to leadership, etc.).
450 words: Evaluate different leadership styles and their consequences (include any leadership styles that had a negative impact on your firm) and use academic citations.
500 words: Discuss in detail how firms can create a workable ethical environment in which dilemmas (such as those in your firm) cannot occur and the process of ethical decision-making is firmly embedded.
3) Summary: 150–200 words
Summarize each section of your discussion and justify your thesis (this essay has argued that…). Conclude with a repetition of the measures that firms must implement to ensure they practice ethics in an atmosphere of organizational justice.