Ethical Dilemmas : Action Plan and Handling them through PI Model


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Presentation on our proposed model for handling ethical dilemmas in business, can be extended to any discipline.
The PI model ( Principle - Impact) model to help take those difficult ethical decisions in business.

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  • Hi do or not to do…! Ethical Dilemmas of HR professional.Ethical dilemmas is perhaps the biggest challenges that our bussiness are facing. And in the bussiness itself – HR proffessionals are the most affected due to the very nature of their profession.There has been lot of tries to find a way to handle these dilemmas , many theories have been laid down. However every theory addresses a very small portion of the problem. Here we are proposing a Principle – Impact based action plan for decision making. Even this method is not comprehensive or complete by any mean. However, we have attempted to provide a very simple approach that could aid the decision making in case of ethical dilemmas.
  • Any ethical decision has two importance aspects associated with it; first is - what are the principles involved? These principles are derived from the value system of organization. These principles create an environment which we sometime also refer as “ethical climate”. The very word climate is used here to indicate that it might not always remain constant. Ethical climate in organization may change with time, situation, market scenarios and various other factors. Second aspect is the impact of decision on various stakeholders. Any ethical dilemma is bound to provide benefits to some entities and harm to others. Principles and impact model provides us with a comprehensive picture of the dilemma which proves useful in drafting an action plan for decision making.
  • Once we are down to key dilemma question – we can move to the second part – Impact Analysis
  • All this against - Scale of time.
  • Some alternatives even if impact negatively but can be controlled while others might lead to lesser impact but irreparable damage. Thus, it is important to know which quadrant does the decision belong to.
  • Ethical Dilemmas : Action Plan and Handling them through PI Model

    1. 1. Note : This is the original, non-patented non- copyrighted work of the authors. It can be freely used and distributed.<br />The PI Model<br />An Action Plan to overcome ethical dilemmas.<br />
    2. 2. Understanding Dilemmas<br />Choices between two or more options<br />Ideal = Most ethical , least practical<br />Tradeoffs are inevitable<br />
    3. 3. The Bottom-line in a Dilemma<br />‘Find the best possible alternative’<br />
    4. 4. Defining PI<br />Ethical decision making involves<br />Principles (P)<br /> and<br />Impacts (I)<br />
    5. 5. Principle based Analysis<br />
    6. 6. The Value prism<br />
    7. 7. Value Negation Matrix<br />Consider Weightage Factor<br />
    8. 8. Impact based Analysis<br />
    9. 9. Impact Matrix<br />Scale of Time<br />
    10. 10. Impact Assessment <br />
    11. 11. Damage Control Quadrants<br />Least risky, Least damage<br />Most risky, Most damage<br />
    12. 12. “ Relativity can be applied to science, not to ethics” <br />Albert Einstein<br />
    13. 13. Authors : <br />ShashiBhushan Singh<br />(<br />Varun Mathew<br />(<br />MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad ) India<br /><br /><br />For the complete paper and any clarifications please contact us.<br />