Organisational culture invariably causes managers to lose sight of their personal ethical standards.’ Discuss critically. This is not just an assignment asking you to explain ethics, state how important they are, outline your own ethical standards, emphasise the necessity for high ethical standards in organisations, explain the manager’s role or explain organisational culture. Each of these may be relevant, but you must demonstrate this relevance by using them to support your discussion and lead to an informed conclusion about the above proposition. Group Discussion: What is this proposition saying? As of now, to what extent do you agree with it? Why? What should you read up on to express a more informed view?
A company culture can and should tremendously affect the attitudes of managers; management is driven by the culture, which, by definition, directs the behavior of business owners, managers and employees toward a common objective. There are a number of ways in which the attitudes possessed by management can be sculpted, enhanced or otherwise changed by the demands of business culture.
When a company culture demonstrates its values by singularly tying achievement to managers’ ability to move ahead with the company, the attitudes of supervisors can be either positively or negatively affected, depending on what drives the individual. For example, a culture stated as, “Our company rewards leadership that focuses on producing new ideas and inventive thinking,” could do one of two things: It might positively influence a manager’s can-do, problem-solving attitude, resulting in rapid advancement, or it could overwhelm leaders who may excel in other necessary business functions, such as finance, which may not offer many opportunities to provide innovative ideas. The attitudes of these managers could become contrary toward their potential for advancement.