ICT303 Professional Ethics in Computing
Barns Group Limited is a locally owned public listed company that derives revenue from insurance building, restoration and commercial construction and building services. The company operates in Australia and the United States of America, employing 1600 people and is administered by its head office in Bendigo, Victoria. Beginning as Jack & Barns Builders in 1953, their core business was originally built on their ability to remediate most building types, especially after major events such as floods and fires. Today over 60 years later, they continue to provide specialist building services for which we have become renowned. Over those years they have grown in so many other ways. They now offer a truly diverse range of construction, building and support services.
Continually adding new ventures to the Barns Group business mix has become part of their culture. From software products, home maintenance services and call centre operations to shop fitting, retail and glazing, the list is ever growing. Their platform is based on four core values: Respect, Integrity, Courtesy and Honesty. Delivering to time, cost and quality is expected of any reputable building company. At Barns Group they understand that currently it's about delivering more. Keeping promises not only to their clients but also to their contractors and suppliers, is their prime objective. They don't treat people as a commodity, they treat them as human beings. They don't just finish our projects on time, they also meet their financial obligations on time. Their commitment to those who work for them is second to none in the industry. This creates confidence, loyalty, and market distinction.
Identify one situation from each of the departments listed below. Analyse each of the situations on any four ethical philosophies taught to you in this unit
The IT department looks after the installation and maintenance of computer networks within the company. Following are the different responsibilities of this department
• Technical support
• Company website
• Application development.
The primary function of the Operations department includes design and management of products, services, and processes. Following are the different responsibilities of this department:
• Supply chain management
• Product design
• Delivery management
The activities expected from a Finance department cover a wide range from basic bookkeeping to providing financial information of the company. Following are the different responsibilities of this department
• General accounting
• Financial controls
• Financial Planning
The Human Resources function is concerned with the following:
• Recruitment and selection. Ensuring that the right people are recruited to the right jobs.
• Training and development Enabling employees to carry out their responsibilities effectively and make use of their potential.
• Employee relations. Including negotiations related to pay and conditions.
• Grievance procedures and disciplinary matters. Dealing with complaints from employees or from the employer.
• Health and Safety matters Making sure employees work in a healthy and safe environment.
• Redundancy procedures Administering a proper system that is seen to be fair to all concerned when deciding on redundancies and agreeing redundancy payments.
Students will prepare a business style report of approximately 1500 words which analyses the above scenario through the lens of any of the four (4) ethical philosophies presented in lecture.