30. CASE: Awards – Who Gets Them and Why?

This case involves an organizational concern about inconsistency in the approach to applying for, being nominated for, and receiving awards.  Specifically, the requestor identified that there wasn’t a process or policy in place to objectively review each application and there were inconsistencies in the process for selecting those to receive individual awards.

Overall, the motivation for identifying these issues for consideration from an organizational ethics perspective was a genuine concern about maintaining the integrity of the awards and recognitions that are bestowed by the hospital. There is a strong desire to help ensure that suitable persons and teams are given appropriate awards and recognition now and in the future. Further, a clear commitment to the stewardship of these awards (especially for the ones that have a financial component) is connected with the need for exploring these issues.

  • How would your committee work respond to this request?
  • Upon which values could such a policy be based?
  • What process would you use to assist the policy-makers with this request?


Some Values and Ethics Issues to Consider

  • Compliance with policy
  • Fairness
  • Accountability
  • Resource allocation
  • Transparency
  • Organizational ethics
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