Ethics in the Organization
Ethics in the Organization
Organizations that lack a strong ethical culture may be vulnerable to unethical employee behavior. Unethical employee behavior can be as minor as time wasting and as severe as corruption. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS COB programs events that focus on the development of an ethical corporate culture and the consequences of unethical behavior.
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In this case, we have examined a few of Patagonia’s Sustainability initiatives; its switch to organic cotton, changes to its shipping procedures, and finally its off-kilter marketing campaign attempting to get people to buy less of its products. View Full Article: "Patagonia Clothing"
ERA Shields Real Estate has set a high standard for their community involvement. Are voluntary actions outside of profitability and mandated government and civil regulation a necessary part of a successful business? View Full Article: Corporate Social Responsibility: ERA Shields Real Estate Sets an Impeccable Standard
The U.S. military plays a fundamental role in protecting the United States and its national security interests. Given the nature of the combat and noncombat duties military personnel perform and the ethical dilemmas they face in doing so, it is fundamental that they be men and women of strong ethical competence. Providing effective ethics training to those serving in the U.S. military is crucial; particularly to senior leaders, as they create the environment in which subordinates perform their duties. Current ethics training for senior leaders in the U.S. military focuses on developing individual moral competence. This article argues for the need to complement such training with an approach focusing on developing individuals’ capacity to create and sustain organizational environments in which ethical reflection and action are possible.
Hugo Asencio, Theodore Byrne & Edin Mujkic(2017) Ethics Training for U.S. Military Leaders: Challenging the Conventional Approach, Public Integrity, 19:5, 415-428, DOI: 10.1080/10999922.2016.1272153
Should the government regulate and cap the amount of compensation that CEO's receive, or leave it for the market to determine? View Full Article: Executive Compensation: Set by the Market or the Government?
Meghan Sitdd, Ph.D., Program Director of the UCCS College of Business Career Development Center, demonstrates the importance of ethical conduct in internship curriculum through a student's experience.
Read the Cooperative Education & Internship Association article: Integrating Ethics Into the Internship Curriculum.
Mystery Shopping is a form of observational market research conducted in a disguised fashion by either internal or external persons. Mystery shopping has been in existence in the U.S. for at least 70 years. Mystery shoppers pose in a "stealth-like" fashion to assess the business operations of a client, with the goal of not being detected to obtain true feedback on how a business and its staff actually treat a customer at their location. View Full Article: "You've Been Shopped"
This article discusses child sexual abuse (CSA) by staff members in youth-serving organizations (YSOs) including schools, residential treatment and correction facilities, scouting, clubs, faith centers, and sports leagues. Over the last ten years there have been highly publicized reports of adults in positions of authority, such as teachers, coaches, and ministers, sexually exploiting youth under their care. Using an ecological perspective, the author suggests preventing institutional sexual exploitation by addressing such macro-system factors as national and state policies and legislation, and at the organizational level by implementing risk-management strategies and by training staff in how to have close connections with youth while avoiding sexual misconduct. Providing training, monitoring, and supervision for youth-serving staff to help them maintain appropriate professional boundaries will not only help protect the integrity of the agency but most important, may help prevent institutional child sexual exploitation.
Wurtele, S. K. (2012, July 30). Preventing the sexual exploitation of minors in youth-serving organizations. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(12), 2442-2453. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.09.009
This case is about mutual fund investment strategies and uses Excel to determine the optimal investment level, based on risk and desire to invest into environmentally friendly stocks or traditional stocks. A mutual fund is a company that groups investment funds from individuals and then purchases numerous types of investments into a portfolio. By investing into a number of investments, it lowers the risk. The fund is managed by a professional investor, who buys and sells different securities, with the hope of maximizing the return. The mutual fund manager is paid on how week each of the funds performs, which provides an incentive for the manager to invest the money effectively. View Full Article: "Is it Worth it To Invest in "Green" Companies?"