Event Title

Western Washington University’s Strategic Plan: Organizational Ethics and Intentional Ambiguity

Research Mentor(s)

Antony, Mary Grace

Description

This case study assesses the ethicality of Western Washington University’s 2018-2025 Strategic Plan as well as the ethics of its implementation. Through the theoretical perspectives outlined by Johannesen, Valde, and Whedbee (2008a, 2008b), and Bird (1996), the author employs the ethics of intentional ambiguity and vagueness in written work, and moral deafness, blindness, and silence in response to unethical behavior. Through close reading of the text (Strategic Plan) and its adjacent metatextual data (news articles and emails), the author was able to analyze said data within the scope of the aforementioned theoretical perspectives. Little research has been conducted on the discourse of strategic planning, providing a unique opportunity to the author to discuss potentially corrupt practices within educational policy making. Although the research reasserts previously held beliefs about public policy and strategic planning, it fails to claim any new findings. Rather, this research provides a possible guide to future strategic planning committees at Western Washington University, and at minimum, begs such a committee to further consider its ethical responsibility before creation of such a document.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

15-5-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

15-5-2019 5:00 PM

Location

Carver Gym (Bellingham, Wash.)

Department

Communication Studies

Genre/Form

student projects, posters

Subjects – Topical (LCSH)

Strategic planning--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Case studies; Strategic planning--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Moral and ethical aspects

Subjects – Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)

Type

Image

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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May 15th, 9:00 AM May 15th, 5:00 PM

Western Washington University’s Strategic Plan: Organizational Ethics and Intentional Ambiguity

Carver Gym (Bellingham, Wash.)

This case study assesses the ethicality of Western Washington University’s 2018-2025 Strategic Plan as well as the ethics of its implementation. Through the theoretical perspectives outlined by Johannesen, Valde, and Whedbee (2008a, 2008b), and Bird (1996), the author employs the ethics of intentional ambiguity and vagueness in written work, and moral deafness, blindness, and silence in response to unethical behavior. Through close reading of the text (Strategic Plan) and its adjacent metatextual data (news articles and emails), the author was able to analyze said data within the scope of the aforementioned theoretical perspectives. Little research has been conducted on the discourse of strategic planning, providing a unique opportunity to the author to discuss potentially corrupt practices within educational policy making. Although the research reasserts previously held beliefs about public policy and strategic planning, it fails to claim any new findings. Rather, this research provides a possible guide to future strategic planning committees at Western Washington University, and at minimum, begs such a committee to further consider its ethical responsibility before creation of such a document.