Parameters of Ethical Decision Making

Parameters of Ethical Decision Making

Business and Management

Paper instructions:

Addressing an Ethical Issue Project Description and Scoring Guide

Overview

The study of ethics becomes a purely academic exercise unless one can apply what is learned to professional life. To do this, you must first identify that an issue has potential ethical ramifications and why this is so. Then, you must examine the issue from all sides and from the perspective of all stakeholders. Next, you must evaluate different methods for making ethical decisions and apply one to the issue that produces a fair result. Finally, you need to apply the decision in a workplace environment.

Therefore, as part of the final project for this course, you identify an ethical issue that you would like to see resolved by a corporate policy. You identify why the issue is relevant and why it needs addressing. Next, you evaluate different ethical decision-making models covered in the course. You are asked to choose one model and apply it to the issue you identified. Next, you evaluate the answer that the decision-making model produces.

Ultimately, corporations are formed to make money. So, in the project, you address the general concept of corporate social responsibility and mesh that concept with the corporation’s prime directive of increasing profits. Specifically, with regards to the issue chosen, you need to assess the impact of not having a corporate policy in regards to the issue versus the cost of implementing a policy.

At the culmination of the project, you recommend a policy that addresses the ethical issue chosen and that can be implemented by a company. The policy needs to be specific and address all stakeholders as well as include provisions for monitoring the effectiveness of the policy, for dealing with employees who fail to comply, and for adapting the policy if it needs changing in the future. In recommending the policy, you are expected to argue for your policy with well-reasoned analyses and specific examples. It is expected that in arguing for your policy, you synthesize much of the work done for prior assignments into a cohesive proposal supporting the need for your policy.

Project Objectives

To successfully complete this project, you are expected to:

Evaluate the parameters of ethical decision-making models as they apply to the recommended policy.

Assess how the recommended corporate policy is socially responsible.

Recommend a corporate policy for resolving the issue.

Support corporate policy recommendation for business ethics and standards.

Project Components

Project Component Course Grade Weight Unit Due

Issue Identification 10% Unit 2

Parameters of Ethical Decision Making 10% Unit 5

Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility Policy 10% Unit 7

Addressing an Ethical Issue 20% Unit 10

Total:

50%

Project Requirements

To achieve a successful project experience and outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements.

Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.

APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to Capella’s APA (5th edition) Style and Formatting guidelines.

Number of resources: Minimum of four resources.

Length of paper: 10 typed double-spaced pages. Note that this final paper includes both the project components completed in Units 2, 5, and 7 as well as final content completed in Unit 10.

Font: Arial, 10-point.

Addressing an Ethical Issue Grading Criteria

Criteria

Non-performance Basic Proficient Distinguished

Evaluates the parameters of ethical decision-making models as they apply to the recommended policy.

Does not evaluate the parameters of ethical decision-making models as they apply to the recommended policy. Identifies, but does not evaluate, the parameters of ethical decision-making models as they apply to the recommended policy. Evaluates the parameters of ethical decision-making models as they apply to the recommended policy. Evaluates the parameters of ethical decision-making models as they apply to the recommended policy, and explains how the decision-making model selected justifies the recommended corporate policy.

Assesses how the recommended corporate policy is socially responsible.

Does not identify how the recommended corporate policy is socially responsible. Identifies, but does not assess, how the recommended corporate policy is socially responsible. Assesses how the recommended corporate policy is socially responsible. Assesses how the recommended corporate policy is socially responsible, and justifies the responsibility.

Recommends a corporate policy for resolving the issue.

Does not outline a corporate policy for resolving the issue. Outlines a corporate policy for resolving the issue. Recommends a corporate policy for resolving the issue. Recommends a corporate policy for resolving the issue, and provides examples of how the comprehensive nature of the corporate policy covers the major aspects of the issue.

Supports corporate policy recommendation for business ethics policies and standards with well-reasoned analysis and specific examples.

Does not support corporate policy recommendation for business ethics policies and standards with well-reasoned analysis and specific examples. Supports corporate policy recommendation for business ethics policies and standards but does not have well-reasoned analysis and specific examples. Supports corporate policy recommendation for business ethics policies and standards with well-reasoned analysis and specific examples. Supports corporate policy recommendation for business ethics policies and standards with well-reasoned analysis and specific examples, and cites statistics based on cited references that also support the recommendation.

Recommends a strategy for communicating the policy to the organization in a manner that meets the needs of the audience.

Does not outline a strategy for communicating the policy to the organization in a manner that meets the needs of the audience. Outlines a strategy for communicating the policy to the organization in a manner that does not meet the needs of the audience. Recommends a strategy for communicating the policy to the organization in a manner that meets the needs of the audience. Recommends a strategy for communicating the policy to the organization in a manner that meets the needs of the audience, and explains and justifies how the communication meets the needs of the audience.

Describes potential limitations of the policy and strategies for monitoring and compliance.

Does not describe potential limitations of the policy or strategies for monitoring and compliance. Describes potential limitations of the policy or describes strategies for monitoring and compliance. Describes potential limitations of the policy and strategies for monitoring and compliance. Describes potential limitations of the policy and strategies for monitoring and compliance, and explains the repercussions of not complying to the corporate policy

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