Essay on Uop Ethics/316 Week 5 Cross Cultural Perspectives

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Cross Cultural Perspectives
Brian K
ETH/316
December 21, 2012

Cross Cultural Perspectives

Ethics are the product of a society’s culture so it is natural there will be different responses to similar ethical scenarios. Beekum, Stedam, and Yamamura (2003) suggest these differing conclusions will lead to conflict where one side perceives the outcome is ethical whereas the other does not. Another possible outcome is that one side may not even see a decision even being morally significant. Global organizations have the additional challenge when operating within a multi-national environment of recognizing cultural differences while maintaining a core moral and ethical foundation. Cisco Systems is a global technology company
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The first challenge with developing a cutting-edge ethics program was training in a global organization. Training needed to reflect the geographic region and address issues where the company would find a subject morally significant but the general population would see as the status quo. For example, corruption is very common in the Russian economy and bribery is often part of doing business. Bribery within a globalized organization degrades its ethical reputation and can even be legally prosecuted back in the United States. Another example is that some Asian countries such as Japan and China have a culture where employees do not report the wrong doings of supervisors or the organization as a whole. The ethical concept of power distance within a culture says that a person does not challenge the higher class and following the status quo is the norm (Treviño & Nelson, 2007). Obviously, a work force not dedicated to the improvement of the organization’s products and services will fall behind the competition. The way Cisco addresses regional social norms and upheld a common ethical code is the establishment of regional ethical councils (Singer, 2008). Employees in countries such as China can go to these ethical councils to voice their concerns where it’s not often the norm. Having corporate governance regionalized and led by indoctrinated nationals allowed Cisco to be
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