Beyond codes of ethics: an integrated framework for stimulating morally responsible behaviour in organisations

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McDonald, Geal and Nijhof, André (1999) Beyond codes of ethics: an integrated framework for stimulating morally responsible behaviour in organisations. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 20 (3). pp. 133-147. ISSN 0143-7739

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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.

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Copyright:© MCB UP 1999
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/58951
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01437739910268406
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