Cultural Values and Personal Ethics Paper

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Cultural Values and Personal Ethics Paper
MBA/500 Foundations of Problem-Based Learning
R. Garth Ferrell
April 23, 2006
University of Phoenix Cultural Values and Personal Ethics Paper
Every day people make decisions that may have profound effect on their personal and/or professional lives as well as the lives of others. The decision people make have a foundation on their personal, cultural, and perhaps organizational values. When these values are in disagreement, an ethical dilemma occurs.
This article attempts to explain how personal, cultural, and organizational values play significant parts in decision-making. In addition, the foundation of ethical dilemmas can
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Establishing clear organizational values and culture assist individuals and organizations in the decision-making process by clearly having guidelines on what is acceptable behavior and objectives within the organization. Tangri (2003) writes that organizational values are often non-negotiable. Employees and management must have an understanding that their decisions and actions that are divergent from these values will not be tolerated and perhaps may result into unfavorable actions from the organization.
Organizational values are a significant part of my professional life. Being part of the human resources department, I work with management to establish organizational culture, policies, procedures, and values and impart these to the employees. There are several critical decisions my department and my organization have to make such as the recruitment, termination, or disciplinary actions. The decisions I have to make as a representative of my organization must be aligned with the company's values and employment laws. Organizational values are best instilled when management and key departments (human resources, legal compliance department, etc.) acts as models of these values.
One of the main challenges in consistently employing values in the decision-making process occurs when two or more people have conflicting definitions of what

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