Case Analysis Using the Eight-Step Model
The eight-step module is a framework tool used to help analyze and assist you in thinking through an ethical dilemma. After Koch Industries acquired Georgia-Pacific, they immediately took steps to transfer its unique and highly ethical culture to their new “family member.” Tom Butz along with a few other Koch employees and Georgia-Pacific employees were in charge of getting the transition started immediately. Butz says “The key, was the commitment from leadership across the company to our vision for compliance and to building the desired culture.”(Travion & Nelson, 2011, p.247) There were some breakdowns in communication at the beginning that may have possibly led to the firing of some employees but I do not believe this can completely be the blame. They have to take responsibility for their own actions, when you deliberately go against something you have to be prepared for the consequences. Letting the employees go will benefit the company and other employees in the long run. I will begin my analysis by gathering facts and defining the ethical issues. Once the ethical issues are defined I will identify who these issues affect and think about the potential consequences. Then I will identify the obligations and reason for each one depending on the people involved. I will then ask myself what a person of integrity would do in this specific situation. And before making any decisions I will think creatively about any potential actions and check my gut feelings about the situation.
Step One: Gather the Facts
This step includes gathering facts before trying to figure out the solution to the issues or possible future issues. This is a very important step when making important business decisions. Research to figure out how the situation occurred and what the limitations are. Sometimes facts may simply not be available but never avoid them if they are. Some of the best ways to gather information would be by questionnaires, surveys, checklists, interviews, documentation review such as procedures and training given.
• Best ways to integrate an acquired company into an existing organization.
• Focus on compliance and ethics
• Fundamental Issues – integrity and trust
• Diversity Issues – recruiting a diverse workforce, enforces equal opportunity
• Decision-Making Issues – recognize issues, get the facts, evaluate alternative actions, make decision and test it and reflect the outcome
• Compliance and Governance Issues – fully comply with environmental laws, federal and state safety regulations, fiscal and monetary reporting statutes and all applicable civil laws
• Clear communication and training
• Build understanding of, and commitment to, the vision and necessary culture for compliance and ethics – first among that senior leadership team and then the entire organization.
Step Two: Define the Ethical Issues
In this step you will need to recognize the ethical issues before trying to come up with a solution. For...