Beyond codes of ethics: an integrated framework for stimulating morally responsible behaviour in organizations (beloond met een ANBAR-award)

Geal McDonald, André Nijhof

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    Abstract

    This paper contributes to the study of ethics programmes by the building of a theoretical model for implementing an ethics programme and examining the application of this model to an actual implementation case study. Ethics programmes aim at stimulating ethical behaviour in the organisation and assisting employees to act in a morally responsible way. It is proposed that for an organisational ethics programme to be effective, five dominant conditions are necessary: awareness of formal organisational goals and corresponding informal norms; suitable procedures for decision making; correct distribution of resources; presence of necessary skills; and personal intentions for ethical behaviour. Following detailed discussion of each condition, and with reference to an actual case example, the conditions will be further developed and supplemented with suggested organisational activities that could be used to support these conditions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-146
    Number of pages14
    JournalLeadership & organization development journal
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    Keywords

    • Case studies
    • Ethics
    • Human resource management
    • Moral responsibility

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