The Role of Shared Vision and Ethics in Building an Effective Learning Organization
U.S. Army Reserves
Darin W. White
Samford University - Brock School of Business
Southern Journal of Business & Ethics, Vol. 2, pp. 133-142, 2010
With the demise of companies such as Enron and WorldCom it is no surprise that a call for ethical leadership is in high demand. This paper elaborates on the need for establishing ethics within a structured hierarchical culture. First, we will elaborate on organizational culture. Next, the following paragraphs explore the relationship of ethics and its connection with an organization's shared vision. We examine the military, and specifically the United States Army, as an example of a successful, high performing organization because of its emphasis on ethics as a major part within its collaborative environment. We seek to demonstrate that once ethics is part of a shared vision, organizational culture will have accountability that will ensure ethical decision making.
Keywords: Ethics, learning organization, military hierarchy, shared vision
Date posted: March 12, 2012