OLRM 202: Introduction to Organizational Ethics
Microsoft is the global leader in computer software, and well recognized in the field of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. However, since 1990 the computing giant has been plagued by allegations of antitrust violations and monopolistic, non-competitive business practices. By answering the three questions posed in Part 5, Case 7 of Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases; this review will address how such a legal and ethical dichotomy is possible, and how the issues relate to one another in terms of corporate reputation.
1. What unique aspects of the software industry created the …show more content…
Apply this simplistic analogy to the global leader that is Microsoft and it is not difficult to find a disgruntled rock that has been stepped on. So this is the dilemma: to forgo ethics in pursuit of growth (and step on rocks to climb a mountain), or to forgo growth in pursuit of ethics (to avoid stepping on anything and end up going nowhere)? The ideal answer is to balance the two extremes. However, an entity, whether individual or corporate, cannot achieve balance without experiencing both sides of an issue. Perhaps it is only now, after losing and rebuilding it's reputation, that Microsoft can operate with the balance to which they aspire in their code of conduct.
3. How do Microsoft's social responsibility and philanthropic