Ethics Matters, by Dawn-Marie Driscoll and W. Michael Hoffman, offers a recipe for integrating values into an organization's culture, explaining the factors which have led to the current emphasis on values-based decision-making instead of mere compliance. The authors develop the elements of a ten-point program, the blueprint for establishing a lasting ethical infrastructure. They share stories of companies and organizations that are leaders in the field, including Texas Instruments' process of reducing its code of business conduct to three simple words; Olin's extraordinary communications initiatives; and Guardsmark's annual revision and renewal process. They also dissect the sad tales of organizations that have stumbled, including the International Olympic Committee, Hawaii's Bishop Estate and The Boston Globe.
Here, in one concise volume, is what every manager needs to know about building a system that encourages ethical conduct, with practical advice from some of the country's leading ethics officers.
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Ethics Matters, by Driscoll and Hoffman, is subtitled 'How to Implement Values-Driven Management'. With that subtitle one might think this is indeed a how-to book for a person wanting to create a more ethical atmosphere.
Unfortunately, that is not how the book is laid out. Instead, this probably should be titled "Ethical Issues - Snapshots of Various Ethical Crisis Situations'. That is what the book is about. You get chapters each focusing on a specific ethical crisis situation and what the company did. Yes, this is quite helpful - but it is far from a how-to.
The book starts by laying out its ten point program - this includes self-assessment, commitment from the top, codes of ethics, communication, training, resources, organizational ownership, consistent standards and enforcement, audits and evaluations, and revision and reform. So you might think that the subsequent chapters would have these headings and go in depth into how to achieve these goals. And indeed...
In the eight or so years since the "COSO" report highlighted the importance of ethics systems and the "tone at the top" or control environment in organizations, little has been written to help practitioners achieve the many promised and widely recognized benefits. This volume answers that need for a wide spectrum of readers. It sets forth a ten-point program for implementing a values-driven organization. The authors explain the factors that have led to the current emphasis on including values in decision making instead of mere compliance with laws and regulations. Thus, the work constitutes a recipe for how to develop a corporate culture that integrates consideration of an organization's core values into its decision-making processes. The basic premise of the book is that an effective ethics system is needed to make sure people are not tempted to "look the other way" and go with the flow. Otherwise, it may be too easy to avoid the...
This is the first time I have come across a book on business ethics that I could not put down. No matter whether you are a new comer to the field of ethics and are looking for a comprehensive primer; or you are a seasoned practioner, looking back on where you have come from, in order to know where to take your ethics initiatives next - you will find this book invaluable. It is a useful guidebook taking you each step of the way along the road towards the successful implementation of a comprehensive ethics program. Equally it can serve as a checklist for those in the business of auditing or evaluating existing ethics programs. The language is clear, the examples ample and the case studies that appear at the end of each chapter of the book help make the points. They are a useful way of keeping them in memory for a long time. The epilogue usefully anticipates the emerging challenges and points to where we should all be thinking next. If...
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