Ethical business decision
January 14, 2021
Final Project
January 14, 2021

Checking Ethics in Organizational Behaviour: Life and Death at an Outsourcing Factory

Read Life and Death at an Outsourcing Factory and review the questions in the “How should we act section”.

  • What ethical responsibilities do the firms that contract for outsourcing in foreign plants have when it comes to conditions under which the employees work?
  • Whose responsibility is it to make sure workers are well treated?
  • And when it comes to consumers, should we support bad practices by continuing to buy products from firms whose outsourcing partners have been revealed to treat workers poorly?

Write a 3 page minimum double-spaced, 12 font, and APA formatted reflection paper that addresses the questions above. Your response to the questions, should be written in narrative (paragraph) format rather than individual responses to the questions. In your paper, include the recommended ethics double-checks that ask and answer two sets of questions: criteria questions and spotlight questions. (page 192 print version)

Use textbook readings, outside experience, and a minimum of 2 additional peer reviewed journal articles (these must come from Welder Library e-resources) as your sources. Organize your paper with an Introduction, Conclusion, and a Reference List. In addition, create headings in the body of the paper (between the Introduction and Conclusion) that are named based on the content in that section of the reflection paper. Please review the APA Heading Format Guidelines (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. in order to develop a good understanding of how to format the headings in your paper.

Lastly, please include a Title Page that includes the “title” of your paper and course information.

Please refer to the rubric for the grading requirements.

Life and Death at an Outsourcing Factory

Over 500,000 people work, and many employees live in dormitories, at the huge Foxconn complex in Shenzen, China that includes its own downtown, swimming pool, fire department and hospital. The company is not only known as a major outsourcing firm that makes products for Apple, Dell and Hewlett Packard, among others, but for labor unrest, industrial accidents and worker suicides. Most workers are young and away from their homes for the first time. “Without their families,” says a supervisor, “they’re left without direction.” The firm has been criticized for working conditions and labor practices that led to a rash of employee suicides. At one point the firm installed netting on the dormitories to prevent suicides by workers jumping from the roofs. One Foxconn worker complains that the work is meaningless, no conversation is allowed on the production lines, and the bathroom breaks are limited. Another says, “I do the same things every day. I have no future.” In recent years, Foxconn has been working to improve conditions for workers and increase their pay. A supervisor How Should We Act? People sometimes work in situations that are harmful to their health and well being. They face abuse in the form of sexual harassment, supervisor mistreatment, co-worker incivility, unsafe conditions, overly long hours, and more. What ethical responsibilities do the firms that contract for outsourcing in foreign plants have when it comes to the conditions under which the employees work? Whose responsibility is it to make sure workers are well treated? And when it comes to consumers, should we support bad practices by continuing to buy products from firms whose outsourcing partners have been revealed to treat workers poorly? REUTERS/Jason Lee/Landov LLC points out that the firm provides counseling services. “We try to provide them with direction and help.” One Foxconn worker complains that the work is meaningless, no conversation is allowed on the production lines, and bathroom breaks are limited. Another says: “I do the same thing every day. I have no future.” A supervisor points out that the firm provides counseling services since most workers are young and this is the first time they are away from their homes. “Without their families,” says the supervisor, “they’re left without direction. We try to provide them with direction and help.”

Uhl-Bien, Mary; Schermerhorn, John R.; Osborn, Richard N.. Organizational Behavior, 13th Edition (Page 193). Wiley. Kindle Edition.

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