Discussion C: Ethical Decision Making
Welcome to the first discussion. In this course you will be introduced to a topic in the discussion. The first week of the module you will write about your initial thoughts after reviewing the resources. The initial post should be at least 300 words.
During the following week you will reply to at least two of your classmates. The replies should be at least 100 words. See the discussion rubric for more details on grading.
Discussions should always be completed prior to “class.” If you are in an online class or an on ground course this is prior to the lesson portion of the week. Are you ready to begin?
1. Review the following:
When people need to resolve issues in their daily lives, they often base their decisions on their own values and principles of right or wrong. They generally learn these values and principles through the socialization process with family members, social groups, religion, and in their formal education. Good personal values have been found to decrease unethical practices and increase positive work behavior
Although an individual’s intention to engage in ethical behavior relates to individual values, organizational and social forces also play a vital role. An individual’s attitudes as well as social norms help create behavioral intentions that shape his or her decision-making process. While an individual may intend to do the right thing, organizational or social forces can alter this intent. For example, an individual may intend to report the misconduct of a coworker, but when faced with the social consequences of doing so, may decide to remain complacent. In this case, social forces overcome a person’s individual values when it comes to taking appropriate action.
2. Initial Post (300 words)
- Where do you derive your values and principles of right or wrong from? To what extent have organizational or social forces affected decisions you have made in your professional and personal life? What can you do to ensure that organizational or social forces do not cause you to veer from your core values and principles? Please discuss in detail