Another story utilized to impart a companys ethical values is the Found Suitcase scenario. After completing the Gold Watch scenario, participants are told this hypothetical tale. You just found a suitcase full of money. There is no identification in the suitcase and no one saw you find it. What would you do with the suitcase?
The discussion raises issues such as;
The differences in value judgments between responses to the first and second scenarios.
How justifications such as it probably belonged to a criminal or it depends on how much money change some participants perception of ethics.
Strategic planning models suggest that an effective strategy is a reflection of the organization's environment, available resources, relevant history, mission and vision. What is also recognized is the significance of the organization's stated values. (Ethics Resource Center, n.d.) From employee led action teams to the Ben & Jerry's Foundation that established in 1985, the organizations commitment to working towards eliminating the underlying causes of environmental and social problems is permeated throughout the organizational culture.
According to Gnazzo (2003), Recent ethics scandals in corporate America have left many executives wondering how a handful of their management peers could go so wrong in their business practices. A recent editorial by the SmartPros Editorial Staff (2003) noted the following.
More than 80 ethics, human resources and legal officers were surveyed at the Conference Board's 2003 Ethics Conference in New York. The survey also indicates that while most believe corporate ethics training can play only a modest role in preventing major scandals, it won't halt malfeasance in all companies. About 42 percent say ethics training would have made no difference in the HealthSouth business scandals, just as a majority of these officers View More »