Values and Ethical Decision Making Team Week 3 Mgt 521

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Values and Ethical Decision Making Kay Doucette, Jessica Jamerson, Luis Colon, Marciana Lamb, Emily Caisse MGT 521 May 6, 2012 Dan Kearney Values and Ethical Decision Making Values and ethics are fundamental to any organization. Team A identified character values and how these values apply to business management framework and Wal-Mart. Employees face distinctive challenges in daily basis that rely on ethical decisions. These ethical decisions are impacted by personal values, organization values, and ethical decision-making. Personal Values According to The Williams Institute for Ethics and Management, a person’s perspective of what constitutes ethical decision-making depends on his or her alignment to “Character, Obligation, Results, or Equity”. The character results align closely with those of Wal-Mart. The results state that the ethical profile mostly represents character. Character means, "Good people demonstrate good actions. Good intent based on good character is more important than good outcomes" (Ethics Survey, 2012). The character profile means that the person believes in honesty and integrity and feels that a good reputation is worth protecting. At the same time, the person is representing good judgment, equal opportunity, and performing fair actions. Wal-Mart is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer meaning that they do not pass judgment from one person to the next. The character profile relates directly to this because the beholder of a character profile is looking for the good in a person, as is Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has three basic beliefs including: respect for the individual, service to customers and striving for excellence. The character profile states that a person is striving for moral excellence, quality performance, has good judgment and equal opportunity; therefore, this profile aligns directly with the three most
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