Within this webinar, a very simple case will be used to survey three normative ethical theories. Normative theories attempt to prescribe how we "ought" to act. The theories offered are grounded in three different ways to frame "right" and "wrong."
The first, known as virtue theory, prescribes how we ought to act based on a consideration of character. If you have ever refused to do an action because, at the end of the day, it simply did not reflect who you are, then you may have practiced virtue ethics.
The second, known as duty theory, prescribes how we ought to act based in our obligation to follow certain principles. Many of us have acted as duty theorists when we treated others in accordance with the way we would want to be treated.
The third, known as utilitarianism, prescribes how we ought to act based on a consideration of consequences; the notion here is to maximize the greatest good for the greatest number. If you have ever "done the math" and acted in such a way as to bring about the optimal projected results, you may have been practicing utilitarianism.
After defining the three theories, a scenario-based approach will be used to help participants identify their own predominant normative approach. Using a self-evaluative web-based instrument, each participant will score themselves based on common every-day scenarios in order to identify their normative model. The strengths and weaknesses of each will be discussed.
Following the discussion in which the content is applied at the individual level, the focus will turn to an application of these theories to an organizational level.
Specifically, what insights can be gleaned when viewing the normative orientation of an organization's espoused and enacted ethical systems? How does the normative orientation influence motivation and leadership within an organization or culture within an organization?
Why should you Attend:
Ethics within the business world is often understood as an indicator of doing business the "right" way. Most of us agree we "ought" to adhere to upstanding practices. Many professional organizations have a code of ethics that defines "right" from "wrong" behavior.
But when ethics is framed this way, the vitality and importance of the subject can be missed. Ethics, in addition to prescribing what is right and wrong, can be understood as an expression of purpose. Ethics, as lived purpose, can help us gain insight not only into ourselves but into our interviewees and into the organizations and cultures we study.
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Who Will Benefit:
- Corporate Ethics - this session will explore organizational normative ethics to help attendees understand the importance of the information
- Espoused value systems vs. enacted value systems - this session will explore the difference between the ethical system as written in the vision statement and the lived ethical system; what difference does the difference introduce?
- Normative ethics - how character, duty, and consequences are used to frame three distinct answers to how we should act
- Compliance Professional
Dr. Kurt Stuke has over 20 years of experience within the quality, process improvement, operational excellence, and leadership fields. Kurt holds a doctorate in leadership as well as master degrees in philosophy and theology. He is an adjunct faculty member at New England College, S.N.H.U., the Community College System of New Hampshire and works as a corporate trainer as well.
Topics explored include: ethics, organizational leadership, corporate social responsibility, auditing, Lean, six sigma, servant leadership, and quality management. He has a passion for finding creative ways to drive positive change.
Recent publications may be found in the Journal of Quality and Participation, the Open Journal for Business & Management, the ASQ Lean Division Newsletter, the ASQ Audit Division Newsletter, and, most recently, in the Lean ezine Perspective. Recent speaking engagements include the Lean and Six Sigma World Conference, the Quality Show, the ASQ World Conference, BOSCON, the NECQ, and more