Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;
7) Values play an important role in the functioning as well as in determining the performance of an organization. Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question
Values form an integral part of a person’s personality, his convictions and his behaviour. The question is related to GS4 syllabus under the following heading-
Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;
Key demand of the question
The question wants us to write in detail about the role played by different values at play in an organisation, in determining its functioning and its performance/ achievement.
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive. It means that we have to write in detail about all the key aspects of the question. Here we have to discuss the nature of values which are present in a workplace and how they affect the functioning and performance of an organisation.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– give a brief definition of a value. e.g Values are desirable states, goals or behaviours on which individuals place a high worth.
- Discuss the different types of values existing in a workplace (e.g based on source-individual values vs organisational values; based on content functional vs instrumental organisational values).
- Discuss how values affect the functioning add performance of an organisation. Take help of the article attached to the question and feel free to consult other sources/ references.
Conclusion- mention the strategy of providing incentives in various forms in order to strengthen certain values in an organisation.