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- Internal Controls
In the previous nine units, you examined how ethics guides decision-making preferences, identification and recommendations on internal controls. In this unit, you will research internal controls as they may apply to a current, a former, or an organization you may be familiar with.
Schwartz, M. (2016). Ethical decision-making theory: An integrated approach. Journal of Business Ethics, 139(4), 755–776.
[u10s1] Unit 10 Study 1
Read the following case study, which will be used as the foundation for your assignment in this unit:
- Roberto. M. A., & Carioggia, G. M. (1996). Mount Everest. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Publishing.
Use the Capella library to complete the following. These articles examine the decision-making process:
- Schwartz, M. S. (2016). Ethical decision-making theory: An integrated approach [PDF]. Journal of Business Ethics, 139(4), 755–776.
- Zamzow, J. L. (2015). Rules and principles in moral decision making: An empirical objection to moral particularism [PDF]. Ethical Theory & Moral Practice, 18(1), 123–134.
- Campbell, A., Whitehead, J., & Finkelstein, S. (2009). Why good leaders make bad decisions. Harvard Business Review, 87(2), 60–66.
- Hammond, J. S., Keeney, R. L., & Raiffa, H. (2006). The hidden traps in decision making. Harvard Business Review, 84(1), 118–126.
Use the Internet to read the following:
- Murphy, J. (2017, April 03). How Paul Oakenfold trains for a gig on Mount Everest. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-paul-oakenfold-trains-for-a-gig-on-mount-everest-1491130808
This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:
- Evaluate strategies for avoiding psychological traps and cognitive bias.
- Research psychological traps and cognitive bias.
- Examine cultural intelligence and its relationship to psychological traps.
- Toggle Drawer
Complete the following:
- Review the assigned readings from the previous units and reflect on the strengths, weaknesses, and issues with internal control.
- Conduct your own research in the Capella library to locate additional resources to support your work in this assignment.
Research the topic of internal controls and outline the set of these controls that would apply to your current, or a former, organization of which you are familiar. This could be government, nonprofit, or for-profit. The organization should have at least 40 or more employees. (Ask your instructor if you need an alternative option). Outline where there may be areas that could be vulnerable to fraud such as cash handling; financial statements; supplier relations; inventory; general company assets, or other areas. You may focus on one area of the organization if there is sufficient material for an in-depth analysis, that is, inventory controls for a large retailer). What are the associated internal controls management would want to have in place and why? How great are the risks of fraudulent activity in these areas to the organization? Which key management areas of the organization would be essential in assessing risks and implementing controls (that is, accounting, finance, production, operations, sales, warehouse, retail locations, or other areas) and why? How do those controls fit into addressing one or more aspects of a fraud model or theory?
Your assignment should meet the following requirements:
- Written communication: Your assignment should demonstrate sound critical thinking and research skills, as well as doctoral-level writing skills.
- Length: 10–12 double-spaced pages, not including the title page, reference page, or appendices.
- References: A minimum of 12 scholarly resources and practitioner resources. Be sure that your resources are recent (within the last 3–5 years) and appropriate.
- APA format: Follow current APA guidelines for formatting in-text citations and references.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.
- Toggle Drawer
Now that the course is nearly over, reflect on the theories and principles you studied and the activities you completed.
- How have you changed as a result of this course?
- How has your approach to what is right, what is wrong, and what is ethical changed?
- How has your personal moral philosophy changed?
- Has this course provided you with the knowledge necessary to make leadership decisions on a morally and ethically conscious level?
Engage in a conversational dialogue with at least two of your peers. This should be an exchange of ideas and experiences that add to each other’s work. Ask questions, seek clarification, and, as appropriate, challenge claims. You are encouraged to participate in an ongoing dialogue.