ORGANIZATION CULTURE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON ETHICS AND
POTENTIALLY UNETHICAL POLICIES
Organizational culture is defined by Schein as the shared values, traditions and beliefs in
an organization. Business ethics, on the other hand, deals with the moral issue of decisions,
behaviors, and culture in an organization and how the group is perceived outside the
organization. The ethical drive is a source of competitive advantage for firms practicing it.
Organizations that have a strong moral reputation are viewed positively by potential customers,
and this is a source of competitive advantage in the Market Place.
For profit-oriented agencies, ethics and profits appear to be inversely related. In contrast,
non-governmental wired towards providing service and impact as the driving motivators as
opposed to profit making. Non-governmental organizations have a responsibility of operating
ethically and sustainably (Ruiz-Palomino et al, 2016).
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a non –governmental
organizations financed by the United States government to promote sustainable development and
democracy in the world. USAID being a government-sponsored agency, it is required to operate
under very high ethical standards that protect the reputation of the United States government.
USAID has programs in the w...