First managers often look to lawmakers to direct their actions. Next, they look internally and to regulators to ensure they are in compliance with environmental law. If the company is complying with the law, they are not obligated to do anything beyond this point. This is where political and managerial views can collide or coincide. A manager may encourage the company to lobby for politicians that will decrease environmental regulations to allow its business to prosper. For example, a chemical company may lobby for less strict waste disposal policies. Is it not a manager’s responsibility to ensure the company can go about its business successfully?
However, this also brings up the larger idea discussed frequently in class: should long-term success trump short-term success? In this case, managers should lobby for politicians to improve regulations and promote environmental protection policies. For example, that same chemical company should recognize that if they damage the environment around them so severely, they many destroy other crucial resources that are necessary for their success.
In short, it is values that inform a person’s managerial ideology and their political ideology. These two spectrums should typically coincide if a manager is being true to her value system since these values are used to inform her decision-making processes on all levels.