Ethical Dilemmas In Project Management

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In the course of any project, project managers may face any number of decisions to make. Some of these will be cut and dry. However, some of these choices will present moral and ethical dilemmas that must be recognized and dealt with in a positive and constructive matter. The following will cover some of the ethical and moral dilemmas that project managers will face, and why it is imperative that they approach them in an honest and constructive manner. While this may not be the easy path, this approach will not only benefit them, but will benefit the people and organizations that surround them by creating an environment of trust and decency.
Two ethical dilemmas that project managers may face. One scenario that I would like to present
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This presents a dilemma to the project manager, who must ride a fine line between being friendly and courteous to his/her team, and maintaining an air of professionalism and fairness. Showing bias towards one person or people has the potential to alienate large sections of an organization. This can have catastrophic effects on production and overall organizational cohesion. Also, if bias is shown, the potential for that person/people to fly under the radar and potentially abuse the system by not contributing their “fair share”. A project manager should be cognizant of these potential issues, and strive to eliminate any perception of bias, whether this perception is based in fact or…show more content…
Is it a task that can be accomplished effectively within the organization? This is a question that could potentially avoid the conflict of hiring the friend as a contractor. However, when asking this question, the project manager should disclose the reason for searching for an alternative method, which is the conflict of interest. If the project manager tries to mask this issue, it could potentially be as damaging, if not more so, as the conflict of interest. If the answer to the question is no, then the project manager should find an alternative method, such as the one stated above. (Nuseibeh, 2017) The application of a moral and ethical standard in project management is not always the easy route, but it is definitely worth the difficulty, as it builds a culture of trust and accountability. Project managers will be faced with these decisions on a regular basis. Through practice and diligence, project managers can create an environment where everyone can
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