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What constraints do business managers in (your) society face, or are likely to face, in their attempts to improve corporate excellence? Illustrate your discussion with some organization(s) with which you are familiar.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 2 ANALYSIS AND CRITIQUE 3 CONCLUSION 8 REFERENCES 9 'Successful companies place a great deal of emphasis on ethics as a guide to effective decision-making'. What constraints do business managers in (your) society face, or are likely to face, in their attempts to improve corporate excellence? Illustrate your discussion with some organization(s) with which you are familiar. INTRODUCTION In today's world, especially in Kenya where taxes and competition is very high and the economy is not strong, businesses are forced to behave unethically so as to attain a competitive edge over others, keep the business alive or to simply make more out of their businesses even though they might personally feel that certain actions being carried out are unethical. Every manager wants their business to behave ethically but are coerced to promote unethical behavior by the need to survive in this tight economy. They tend to weight their actions in deciding whether to carry them out in terms of business profits. Unfortunately, in Kenya, businesses that make more money are considered successful even though they widely practice unethical behavior. This itself tends to promote bad ethics in businesses. Politics also tends to influence business ethics. ANALYSIS AND CRITIQUE I have worked in an organization for two years, and have noticed a lot of unethical behavior. This behavior did not arise from personal morals and values but was coerced by interpersonal relationships and opportunities that came out in terms of competition and internal politics being the main factors contributing to bad business ethics. ...read more.


Efficiency would be referring to the capacity of the employee to work efficiently and effectively in their respective departments by achieving departmental goals. In the organization I have been to, the manager puts more emphasis on the interface. This puts down those with good efficiency. Those with good efficiency are not appreciated hence they tend to 'fight back' by disobeying or creating problems with those who have good interface. This clearly damages interpersonal relationships within the organization, hence reducing overall efficiency. If the manager chooses to invest more in those with good efficiency then he/she risks loosing those with good interface to his competitors. There are a lot of people in the market looking for jobs. When anyone who can prove themselves more capable then the managers arrives, the manager feels insecure. This turns into a constraint. Does the manager ultimately give up his/her job for the more capable new comers or should he do something to keep his/her job? In my experience, I have noticed a couple of things that managers engage in order to have job security. One is to impress shareholders with what they can do. They tend to act unfair towards employees in order to match up to the shareholders interests. A good example is to do with racism. Just because the shareholders are white, the manager tends to fire a black man or promotes a white man instead of a black man who works harder. ...read more.


CONCLUSION In Kenya, managers face many problems, not necessarily due to their own mishandling but also because of the law or social behavior. This compels them to carry out unethical business practices just to survive in the market. Though in the end the customers are the most important contributors to businesses, they tend to face the most problems. This is mainly because there is no one to look at the rights of people in this society. We are forced to accept whatever comes our way. Customers tend to find loop holes in businesses that could work to their advantage and this is what makes these businesses to stiffen their rules and conditions and hence these rules or conditions tend to be unethical in the long run. What I am trying to point out is that businesses become unethical because the customers (society) and law (which come from the society) forces then to be so. This is because individuals which make up our society have lost their values and morals that define our actions which unfortunately, are not very ethical. This is also the cause of corruption and ultimately the reason why managers in our society are faced with the kind of problems mentioned above. REFERENCES Unfortunately, I cannot disclose the company name or the names of any of the management of the companies is have worked for, for the purpose of privacy. Most of the information included in this paper is mainly from interviews of managers of two companies and personal experience. ...read more.

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