Q1. Write your one page reflection on week 9 guest lecture. Also describe in 300 words the concepts of sustainability with an example.
The week 9 lecture gave a clear concept of sustainability and what it provides to the environment. The increasing pollution and damage to the environment has made the whole concept much more vital. This has made it very much essential to access every coming up project. The lecture introduced us to the concept of sustainability, lifecycle of a project and how sustainability could be attained. We were taught that the lifecycle of any project being assessed on sustainability have following stages starting with need, options, then design, build, use, maintain, dispose.
Every new project should be analyzed on what are the needs for the project, what impacts would it created, what are the constraints and related legislations. After every aspect of need analysis the options are measured. The lecture emphasized on detailing the options under what resources we would be requiring for our project, what impacts those options would be creating, does those options meet the criteria for the project. After that lecturer introduced us with the detailed design analysis where impact, resource, cost, place, users, legislations and constraints all are scrutinized.
The next stage that is build was also taught to be assessed on some similar categories. The lecturer tactfully addressed us with the use of the project being checked on sustainability criteria. The projects maintenance was also held important for the work procedure under which impacts were communicated and the maintenance stakeholders were also addressed. The disposal of the project after its complete use was considered the most important by the lecturer as the disposal directly affects the environment and its sustenance.
I perceived much from the lecture and understood the need for sustainability and why is it so important. If every project is assessed according to the sustainable project management ways then the effects on the environment could be reduced.
Q2. For this exercise use the Ethical Case Study attached in workshop 9 folder title: “Former Ausgrid engineer faces ICAC”. Answer all 3 following exercises.
Exercise A : In the context of the case study provided discuss what went wrong in your own words.
The case study of Ausgrid shows Phillip Cresnar accused of taking solicited gifts and cash for helping the contractors get hold on multimillion deals. The Ausgrid Company was not able to identify the scene of corruption going on. Phillip made $ 300,000 in form of gifts and cash for favoring the contractor which was illegal in context of business. The favor made the Propriety owners generate business eight to ten times more than their original income. Such a bias is considered illegal as favoring directly without checking out the quality of work may affect the people badly later. Those organizations whose work quality is good would feel discriminated being good also. Mr. Phillip should not have favored the proprietors as it also considered unethical offering favor in return of some gifts more accurately bribed. The company Ausgrid should have identified such an activity and taken strict actions against Mr. Phillip.
Exercise B : In the context of the case study provided, discuss what you would suggest as best practice for such industry and scenario. Meaning, how should those involved demonstrate best practices. (250 words)
In the case of Ausgrid the employee played corrupt and did not thought of the ethics and code of conduct. The moral values were also ignored. This made people get involved in such act. Such practices have become quite common in the corporate world. Extra wealth temptation is the driving factor for such incidents. Employees get dragged into such incidents for greed and money and offer to help and favor other people or organization. The other organizations too in way to gain advantage in the market, to generate extra revenue act immoral and offer bribe to people for help. It should be the responsibility of the organization and people to access them self on the code of conduct and not get involved in such cases. ‘
The framing of set of conduct and ethical set of values for every organization may become a barrier for people getting corrupted. Some best practices could be established in the organization and the industry to avoid such scenarios like fixing up the flaws with the laws that have been framed and implementing new compliances which should be followed strictly. The employees should be checked on regularly and their transactions should be tracked which would keep the organization alert of any wrong action going on. Video surveillance can be a great option for keeping eyes on the employees’ behavior. The officials should be dismissed then there if caught red-handed. Such effective measure would help the organization secure their premises and keep corruption off the way.
Exercise C : In the context of the case study provided, provide your personal reflection on such a case study. For instance, what do you take away from such a case study? What have you learnt? (250 words)
The case reflects the flaws in an organization and its administration. It shows that the organization did not check on to their employees regularly. The weak management can be blamed for such a scenario. I personally believe that if the organization would have been strict with the rules and regulations the scenario would have been different. In addition, the employees should have some self judgment before enacting such a crime. Every person should take it as their responsibility to not to use the power provided in the wrong way and wrong places. Mr. Phillips should have taken strict actions against those offerings and should have complained to the management. On other hand the proprietors should have got the tenders and project on their own capability rather than bribing someone.
The case study teaches to be honest towards themselves, their work, and their organization. Any act of crime or wrong doing may not come up then and their but when it is revealed it cost much more than what it paid at the start. It is our responsibility to be true towards our work and perform sincerely. It has always been taught that honesty is the best policy and pays well other than dishonesty and corruption. The case study of the Ausgrid not only teaches to be honest but also is lesson for the organization to make their management strong and should make a periodical assessment in order to analyze any suspicious transaction going on between their employee and the client.