Phil 27 Final Pre Write

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Phil 27 Final Pre Write 1a) In Ladd’s article, Morality and the Ideal of Rationality in Formal Organization, he argues that decision making in modern formal organizations, should be a social decision that will contribute to maximizing the goal of the organizations. Thus the conclusion is that, decision making in these organizations, rule out ethical decision making, but instead apply rational decision making. The only decisions that should be made should be for the maximization of the goals of the company. Formal organizations: essentially all bureaucratic organizations. They are planned units, coordinated activities, purpose of attaining specific goals and ends. In order for the formal organization to be function, the people who work and hold specific position in the organization, such as CEO, they have only one duty, to act effectively and efficiently. The formal organization, based upon efficiency and decision making that will maximize goals, are set up in a way that a person who is not acting efficiently or towards the goals of the company can be replaced without hurting the organization. Social decisions: individuals in organizations, must not make personal decision as an individual, but instead make decision that will attribute to the organization as a whole. Individuals are representatives of the organization, when they make their decision, thus their decision must be made as a social one, one that is for the benefit of the goals of the organization. Individuals make decision, but they make it on behalf of the entire organization. In this case, personal ethics cannot rule the individual’s decision maker, because he/she is working on behalf of the goals of the organization. The decision must be effective for the organization. That is why there is hierarchy in the organizations, because workers are making the decision to contribute their obedience to their higher officials, for the goals of the company. It also is an effective mechanism in maintaining that all officials and workers are always making decision that is for the whole of the organization. Rationality, standard instrumental rationality: To be rational and make rational decision, is to make sure that each individual, in whatever position in the company, are acting in a way that is maximally effective in realizing the goals of the organization. All choices, all decisions, they must be put towards goals. The only standard that should be evaluated, are the effectiveness of a company in achieving its goals. Basically, the ends justify the means=rationality. Laws and principles of morality: they are stated in the companies’ goals, but if it interferes with the economical goals of the company, then it is not relevant. Individuals in organizations should make decision that will benefit and maximize the company’s goal.
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2009 for the course PHIL 27 taught by Professor Doppelt during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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