Ethical Disengagement of Union Pacific Railroad

 Focus on a formal or informal element of ethical climate or culture (Johnson, Mike, Anett, Fritz, Bell, etc.) in an organization with which you are familiar. 1. Identify and present or discuss an image or artifact and explain how it reflects or speaks to ethical engagement, commitment, OR ethical disengagement, or decoupling on the part of your chosen organization. My artifact is a plaque I received for Union Pacific Railroad being named the best Class 1 Railroad. The company announced last year they are going to “Precision Scheduled Railroading. This will result in a workforce reduction of 30% (of 41,000 employees) by the year 2020. This has devastated many employee’s lives and had contributed to a huge morale drop with the remaining employees. The only reason for the change is greed. The company is making record profits and last year recorded the largest profit in 157 years. Precision railroading calls for reduced headcount, long and heaver trains, and cutting out smaller customers (these will have their products trucked, resulting in more large trucks on the highways). 2. Consider and describe how the mindset or practice that you identified or described impacts or affects at least TWO internal and external stakeholders. Given their interests, what would each stakeholder stakeholders ask for or expect? The internal stakeholder can be an employee that is terminated. We can use as an example a carman in Palestine, TX. This job entail inspecting and repairing freight cars. An external stakeholder can be the public that will have to endure longer trains going through their towns. The longer trains are more dangerous in that they can contribute to crossing being blocked if something goes wrong with the train, resulting in emergency personnel not being able to respond in a timely manner. The longer trains also have the potential for catastrophic accidents due to their being heavier, longer, and harder to operate. 3. Does the organization and the ethically engaged/disengaged practices that you identified enable the organization to recognize and weigh these differential impacts on various stakeholders and their interests adequately and effectively? Justify your response by pointing to relevant facts, practices, values, and principles as needed. Be sure to identify the elements of stewardship and corporate/organizational citizenship and social responsibility that are present or missing. Clarify assumptions of and objections to the organization’s position from different ethical perspectives. Could (or does) the organization make a defensible ethical argument (explicitly or implicitly) regarding its position or practice? Be sure to consider and evaluate various potential defenses or objections as you integrate course material into your analysis. Your paper should include an introduction, headings, citations, a conclusion, references, and APA formatting (do not include an abstract), Be sure to review the rubric; explain and apply specific course concepts as evidence of your mastery of course material. The paper should have a length of 5-7 pages, excluding cover and references.

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