Ethics in Organization development​​

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Ethics in Organizational Development establishes a more functional and effective workplace. In this article, we discuss the integration of ethics in organization development by explaining the organizational development of ethics model. Also, well explain the OD practitioners accessment on organizations holistically to determine and implement a strategy to make the organization top performers in their field.  According to Hoffman change in organizations is like updating and upgrading computers because it has to be done in order to stay up to date and not be overtaken by events. The developmental change of an organization should always be at the forefront and is essentially organizational development ethics. Chrons examples of Organizational Development are creating project management systems, revamping marketing messages, developing customer service training, improving community relations, and removing product line. Furthermore, we now know OD is applicable in the workforce and we will elaborate on the organizational development ethical model.

Reidenbach R E and Robin D P, A Conceptual Model of Corporate Moral Development, Journal of Business Ethics April 1991 vol 10 pg. 274

Stage 1: Amoral

Maximum profitability at all costs.

  • Owners and managers are key stakeholders.
  • Pressure to make decisions that result in max profit

Stage 2: Legalistic

  • The legalistic philosophy is the law is ethical 
  • But what is legal is not always ethical?

Stage 3: Responsive

The responsive stage seeks ways to help the local community.

  • Recognizes socially responsible behavior is in the best economic interest of the organization.
  • For example, community involvment would include churches, scholarships, parks, charity, sponsorships, events, and youth.

Stage 4: Emerging Ethical

Seeks balance between ethics and profit

  • The Organization has ethical artifacts such as codes and ethics committees
  • A code of ethics are principles used to guide organization in decisions, programs, and policies.
  • A balance will create moral and minimize unethical behavior for profit.

Stage 5: Developed Ethical

Driven by careful thought out principles.

  • The following are examples of developed ethics: Leadership Stakeholders, Established Policy, Proper Training, Community Relations, Ethical Marketing and Mission. In addition, organizations should be or be developing strategies to be operating at stage 5.

Organizational change is applicable to the development of ethical standards. For example, we are able to distinguish this moral development by accessing the culture. In addition, different stages of ethics in organizational development will call for more awareness of an ethical work culture. In conclusion, the integration of ethics in organizational development is important for the major factors of an organization such as meeting profit goals and remaining ethical.

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