Links between corporate culture and ethics can take two directions. On the one hand, corporate culture can be viewed as a fundamental ingredient in institutionalizing ethics in organizations. On the other hand, culture can be considered the backbone of corporate ethics, to the extent that occasionally the terms ethics and culture are confused.
1. Describe the connections between culture and ethics. 2. What is the potential for organizational culture to serve as a means of improving ethics in an organization?
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: When has ethics been a speed bump for an organization of which you’ve been part? Or, on the reverse side, when has the culture of an organization with which you’ve been associated been a driving force for ethics being adopted and maintained? Which is stronger? Why?