Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance.
8) What do you understand by conflict of interest ? As a future administrator how do you resolve such situations through conflict management? Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article provides for a detailed analysis of – what are conflicts and how should they ideally be managed.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the basic premise of what is conflict of interest, examples to explain it clearly , what ways can an administrator manage conflicts. Suggest methods.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with what you understand by Conflict of interest with examples.
Discuss the following :
- Definition of a conflict; situations that lead to conflicts, causes, consequences.
- Quote examples
- Methods of conflict management as an administrator.
- Discuss the specific challenges associated.
Conclude with the importance of conflict management in public services. Explain how it leads to doing the right thing—pursuing the principle of fairness.