Decisions in Paradise, Part 3

 

Rationale and plan of implementation for the proposed solution(s) for the organization to establish a greater presence on Kava

Factors affecting decision implementation in the organization and the proposed solution(s)
As broadly stated in the business scenario, establishing a greater presence in Kava will be affected by what is good for our company and what is good for Kava. The factors affecting decision implementation can be outlined as natural disasters, manmade disasters, cultural diversity and a young population of consumers.
Whatever affects our organization in Kava affects us out there; this includes the positive factors as well as the disasters. Needless to say, a better understanding of the negatives helps us better tackle obstacles experienced in the future both in Kava and elsewhere we may wish to establish our presence.
As stated by Alex, we may deny, avoid or ignore disasters but our prime objective in establishing a greater presence in Kava would, inevitably, involve turning all the challenges into opportunities. Moreover, the founder of the company believes that, despite all else, this would be the right thing to do.
Still in keeping with the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), the company would be best placed to tackle the factors affecting the decision to establish a greater presence on a priority basis in the most rational order possible. (Schweizer, 2007).
The natural disasters don’t have much of a solution in the way of prevention but over time, systems can be set up for evacuation and disaster preparedness to mitigate the losses that may arise from such occurrences. Assembly areas and facilities in buildings including how to use equipment in case of fires caused by natural disasters might develop a culture of awareness and preparedness within the organization.
HIV/AIDS campaigns would mean starting programs in institutions involving mainly the youth who are at a greater risk of the pandemic and hence require to be equipped with life saving skills of making the right decisions when confronted by situations that will impact their future HIV status. ‘The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)’. (Schweizer, 2007).
Similarly, the system of education can be seen as a good, if not the best, area to begin at setting up a base for harmonizing the language system in the region or locality of Kava that the company needs to set up. The government, as it has shown an interest in the company bringing in its business culture could also be brought on board to assist in laying the ground work that will assist in future at easing the burden of factors that affect or impact decision making within the organization such as education .

Evaluation of resources and actions required for decision implementation of the proposed solution(s)
Obviously, the greatest resource required in the implementation of the company’s proposed decision to establish a greater presence in Kava is the people. Both the inhabitants of Kava and the employees of our organization who will be tasked with the implementation of the decisions arrived at. (Schweizer, 2007).
The problem formulation tools and techniques established earlier for identifying and solving problems are necessary here in, firstly, properly addressing environmental and organizational obstacles which will help in establishing an assessment team, which includes stakeholders and sponsors, both within and without the organization, who fully understands the organizational resources as well as the company’s strengths and weaknesses. These will, in addition to gathering data and brainstorming the specific alternatives in formulating decisions including advantages and disadvantages of the said decisions, be tasked with identifying the resources that are readily available and those that are necessary to implement the proposed decision.
The large percentage of youth who are 15 years and below can be taken as a resource by the company coming up with products and services that target this consumer age group. Well established products at an early age will definitely have an impact in the lives of older generations who have grown up used to the same products as these will have played a part in their up-bringing and usually gets introduced by the older generation to successive generations.
The large population of youth under 15 years of age can further be seen as a resource for obtaining a greater presence in Kava as any positive social or educational aspects introduced by the government in the economy will endear them to the company making them have a virtual or real relationship in the long run. Any positive experiences of the society that have their root in the company will serve in embedding a stronger acceptance and establishment in Kava.

Evaluation of the ethical implications from stakeholders’ perspectives of the proposed solution(s)
Ethical implications of from stakeholders’ perspectives of the proposed solutions intended to help the organization establish a greater presence in Kava will be dictated to a greater or lesser extent by what is viewed as good or bad for the company as well as for Kava.
As implied from the conversation with Alex, our efforts at establishing ourselves in such a disaster prone region will have a positive ethical implication in the minds of the indigenous people of Kava as it will show them that they have not been abandoned by the rest of the world; similarly, being a company from the outside world trying to establish our presence in Kava, in the minds of the people of Kava, puts them on the map of the world, and as stated, whatever affects them also affects us.
As stated by the founder of the company, Chris Morales, the establishment of a company in a region such as Kava, is the right thing to do, notwithstanding economics, politics and recognition. Therefore, one clearly sees the positive ethical implication brought into play on the stakeholders who are privy to this philosophy (Schweizer, 2007). This is further strengthened by the founder’s belief that in benefiting from Kava, the people of Kava should see the benefits they too gain from the presence of the company. (‘The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)’.)
The government also sees positive influence in the regions work ethic as they are seen to encourage the company to introduce their work or business culture to the region. The inhabitants of Kava will therefore gain from a work ethic that has been introduced from a foreign culture and any positive aspects that may lead to the growth of the company in Kava will be a positive influence to other organizations as well as the Kava community at large.
As for stakeholders like the management and other employees of the company, the ethical questions asked will probably concern them with whether the pursuit of the company’s goals and objectives goes against the common good including their individual goals and aspirations, their conscience, whether as individuals or as a group (collective conscience) and the positive or negative outcome of the company’s decisions in trying to implement the decisions intended to establish a greater presence in Kava.
The society at large will definitely benefit from the positive programs brought about to educate the large percentage of youth on the implications of a lifestyle where one is fully conscious of and guards against promiscuity and is aware of their HIV/AIDS status.
The expenditure of resources by both the government in eradicating any form of insecurity, be it general crime or terrorism, will go a long way towards creating a positive relationship based on a positive ethical background that shows care and concern for the society at large.
Overall, the final decision taken will encompass, to a greater or lesser extent, all the above factors, having in mind that resources are limited, be they time, human or capital resources combined by the fact that decisions are being made on a priority basis and the critical thinking of those tasked with the duty of formulating decisions.
References

Schweizer, M. (2007). Operational and strategic decision-making: soft systems methodology, analytical hierarchy process and Alexandrian pattern analysis applied. Munich: GRIN Verlag.
Dean, J. C., & Gravel, A. (2002). COTS-based software systems: First International Conference, ICCBSS 2002, Orlando, FL, USA, February 4-6, 2002: Proceedings. New York: Springer.
David E. Bell, Howard Raiffa (1988). Decision making: descriptive, normative, and prescriptive interactions. Cambridge University Press.
Churchill, G. A. (2009). Marketing research: methodological foundations. Cincinnati, Ohio, South Western College Pub.

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