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Creating an ethical organisation

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Businesses are increasingly making explicit their commitment to dealing with ethical concerns. This free course, Creating an ethical organisation, explores the business case for an ethical approach to human resources management, and examines whether a more 'human-centred' approach can bring dividends and how an ethical approach fits within an organisation's strategy.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the relationship between strategy and the ethical dimension of organisational purposes.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 6 hours
  • Updated Thursday 11th February 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Business Studies
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Creating an ethical organisation


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Strategy is based on the unique relationship between an organisation's distinctive resources and capabilities and its environment. This relationship is defined as ‘strategic fit’ and is seen as a dynamic relationship where the organisation does not merely respond to its environment but seeks to shape it.

Organisations do not exist in a vacuum: they rely on and reflect the political, economic and social contexts within which they operate. These will include:

  • a regulatory environment which constrains their activities

  • an economic environment which determines how business is conducted

  • a political environment which underpins the regulatory and economic environments

  • a social environment which values certain types of behaviour and condemns other types.

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