Organizational Philosophies and Technology

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Philosophies and Technology 1 Organizational Philosophies and Technology Justin Grunigen TEC/401 University of Phoenix Tuesday September 25, 2007
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Philosophies and Technology 2 Organizational Philosophies and Technology Companies today must use technology to help set and manage ethical standards and guidelines. I will be discussing some of the ways companies are doing this, and how this can shape the type of work environment/culture the company promotes. Finally, I will discuss some of the ways that using technology to perform human resource’s functions affects the company work environment/culture. In today’s world, ethics plays a vital role in a companies function (Morin, 2007). E. L. Morin (2007) also wrote that “according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, if information technology is political - i.e., it already includes/excludes certain interests - then it is also immediately ethical." This could include many areas, and one area could be computers themselves. Only people who can type, see visually, hear (sometimes), and/or learn the program are able to utilize it. This would be considered ethical because the company is assuming that the ends (more productivity, better returns, lower losses, etc.), justify the means (excluding those who cannot utilize the technology because of its design). Companies must utilize new technology to help set and manage ethical standards and guidelines. Many companies utilize a network for communications (phone, email, chat) purposes, and the network administrators are easily able to monitor the conversations (Morin, 2007). E. L. Morin (2007) continued to write that the “Division censors emails that arrive with inappropriate language or content and bounces the correspondence back to the original sender without the recipient ever being the wiser. Telephone conversations are monitored and should the caller or
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Philosophies and Technology 3 recipient use inappropriate language the call is disconnected and the employee could be reprimanded.” “It is extremely difficult to safeguard programs and data (Regan, O’Connor, 2002).”
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