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Management Ethics

  • Date Submitted: 10/06/2012 07:37 PM
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Ethics refers to a set of rules or principles that defines right and wrong conduct (DiPiazza, 2002 p. 15).   According to Stiener (1971), “ethical behaviour in organisations, is conduct fair and just above and beyond constitutional laws and applicable government regulation.” Having a high ethical standard and being a socially responsible person within the workplace depends on several factors including; individual morality, values, personality and experiences; the organisational culture; the ethical issue(s) being faced and the compliance to a code of ethics (Liedtka, 2002 p. 1). Whether recognised by the individual or not, there are three major theoretical concepts of ethical views that people may be categorised under which are utilitarian, individual rights and distributive justice. There are several ways in which to encourage a higher level of ethical behaviour in the workplace which I will discuss and analyse in this paper.

Making ethical decisions can often be difficult for any employee of an organisation. The individual must of course obey the law is mandatory of course, but acting ethically goes far beyond just complying with the law (Robbins, DeCenzo, Coulter, & Woods, 2011, p. 44). Ethics are about behaviour. A well used axiom in organisational behaviour, asserts that values ultimately drive behaviour . Values exert influences over our attitudes, and attitudes influence or behaviour (Kerns, 2003 p. 140).

Ethical decision making is a multifaceted concept that is often seen as quite an empirical practice that is influenced by an array factors. Socio-demographic variables in particular have been thoroughly investigated as correlates of the ethical values of employees. Even in earlier studies, it was found that there was little relationship between sex, seniority, and age of administrators and their ethical systems (Hodgekinson, 1971 p. 46-55). In another study, similar attitudes were reported in study of the use of confidential information, the abuse of...


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