The way an organizational structure is designed affects the way its members behave.

The way an organizational structure is designed affects the way its members behave. Rules can be applied so strictly and punitively that they harm employees, for example by increasing the stress of the job. Inappropriate norms can develop that might reduce employee incentive to work or cause employees to abuse their peers. Similarly, in some organizations, superiors use their authority to abuse and harangue employees. Think about the ethical implications of the design challenges discussed in this chapter.

  1. Using the design challenges, design an organization that you think would result in highly ethical decision making; then design one that would lead to the opposite. Why the difference?
  2. Do you think ethical behavior is more likely in a mechanistic or an organic structure?

A design structure which would lead to highly ethical decision making Design structure which would lead to highly unethical decision making The first design structure would lead to highly ethical…

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