Considering the Law
Within the field of modern management, those in management roles are faced with decisions that are more complex and demanding than ever before, given the complexity of the business world, the demands placed on managers because of smaller management teams being forced to take on more responsibility, and much more (Rosenthal, 2000). One of the additional areas to consider is the intersection point of what can best be described as legality and practicality, such as the instances when a management decision may be within the scope of law but not in the best interest of the organization, or when a decision is in the best interest of the organization but outright illegal. This essay will discuss both of these instances.
Managers frequently face the obligation of making a decision that is legal but not necessarily in the best interest of the organization; for example, consider the scenario whereby a manufacturer may be within their legal rights to operate a loud piece of equipment 24 hours daily, and as such, management decides to do this; while it may be legal to do so, if the public is outraged that the company is disturbing the peace, the public relations fallout may not be worth it. Conversely, if an organization can benefit financially by employing illegal immigrants who will work for low wages, managers could do this in the interest of financial gains, but they are breaking the law, and if caught, will face the consequences. Ultimately, the decision for the manager comes down to the balance between good business and obeying the law, as was stated when this essay began.
In closing, it should be understood that considering the law is not only good for business, but will also protect managers from unfavorable outcomes personally, and will protect their firms as well, which is a major responsibility of managers everywhere.
Rosenthal, S.(2000). Rethinking Business Ethics. New York: Oxford University Press.