The corruption and transparency collection aims at providing documentation and basic thematic articulations around the term "corruption". Corruption denotes "dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery" (Oxford Dict.), but avoiding untransparent conditions is complex because at all level there might be a dominating group or a dominated one, and because everyone should be concerned by corruption, without excessive moralisation of others. The collection presents first the philosophical, socio-economic and political background to the subject. Second it gathers institutional documents and shows transparency in the global context and related to sustainable development. In a third set of perspectives are shown educational means to prevent corruption and promote transparency (as curricula or education in management and public administration). Other dimensions pertain to political means to prevent corruption, where transparency is considered as part of the democratic process, leadership and management related means to promote transparency and prevent corruption, and finally administrative and criminal law, retributive and preventive means.

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  • Crisis management of the pricing mistakes committed by Dell

    企管系; Chi, D.-J.;Hung, Hsu-Feng; 洪敘峰 (2011-06)
    [[abstract]]Purpose: There are two purposes of this study. First, it aims to discuss some measures managers would take on the basis of an empirical case study - Dell's pricing mistakes on the web site - and find out the underlying motivation regarding consumers' attitude toward Dell. Second, there appears to be a fruitful opportunity to explore whether consumers' requests or different degrees of compensation will have any impact on organizational reputation (intangible assets). Design/methodology/approach: The survey investigates consumers' attitude toward the Dell crisis case, including how and why it affected the reputation of the company. The main questionnaire survey was conducted after the Dell pricing mistakes. In total, 433 samples were found valid and kept for further examination. The study tests the proposed hypotheses by structural equation modeling (SEM). Findings: By taking Dell's pricing mistake on the web site as an example, the study finds that managers sometimes opt for solutions unfavorable to the whole organization, in order to ensure self interest, including over quota coupons to reimburse consumers, which would be harmful to other stakeholders. Managers face not only consumers' interests but also other stakeholders' as well as corporate intangible assets. Also, consumers have different backgrounds and these characteristics will exercise influence on perceived crisis management. Originality/value: Although the academic literature has given much attention to the internet issues or crisis management, little attention seems to have been paid to the crisis potential coming from the internet. The power of consumers may hugely increase in the internet age and make the crisis graver, because the internet changes the ability of external commentators to make their opinions widely known, and hurts the reputation of corporations more deeply. A major theoretical contribution of this study is comprehension and filling the gaps in the existing literature. Agency theory and stakeholders' view provides a logical explanation of how and why these things happened. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Unlocking human potential with ethics; Rossouw, Deon; Van Vuuren, Leon J. (Richard Havenga & Associates, 2007-05-10)
    If people are perceived to be assets and to be an organisation’s competitive edge, the business case for investing in, nurturing and developing human talent is clear. Companies not doing this may survive and could even achieve success in the short run. However, their long term sustainability may well be at risk.
  • Sustainability and risk: the role of stakeholders

    Hoffmann, Volker H.; Bretschger, Lucas; Kölbel, Julian (Zürich, ETH-Zürich, 2016)
    Dissertation, ETH-Zürich, 2016, Nr. 23248
  • Attitude of Management Students towards Whistleblowing: Evidence from Croatia

    Bogdanovic, Mario; Faculty of Economics, University of Split Assistant Professor, Senior Research Associate Management Department Cvite Fiskovica 5, 21.000 Split, Croatia; Tyll, Ladislav; Faculty of Business Administration University of Economics, Prague (Central European Business Review, 2016-04-13)
    This study examines the attitude of management students towards whistleblowing in a sample of 121 master students of business ethics at the Faculty of Economics University in Split, Croatia. The three measurement instruments include whistleblowers´ attitudes (3 items), whistleblowing attitudes (2 items) and potential types of whistleblowing reactions (8 items), i.e. external reactions (4 items) and internal reactions (4 items). The results of the study indicated a positive attitude toward whistleblowing and whistleblowers. The authors also found that female students exhibited more confidence in management and were more prone to whistleblowing than male students. Also, students with professional experience considered whistleblowing to be in the public interest more than students with no professional experience. The results may be of practical use to managers who can benefit from whistleblowing while keeping in mind that whistleblowing can't be avoided and that punishing whistleblowers seems to be a bad managerial practice.
  • College News

    DePaul University, 2015-10-01
    New Degrees Reflect Job Market Trends; Chair in Business Ethics Named; Alumni Named to Head Three College Divisions, Double Demon Scholarship Expands, Rankings Update
  • Moral relativism and corporate governance convergence

    Prof D Rossouw;; West, Andrew Geoffrey (2013-09-06)
    Thesis (PhD)--University of Pretoria, 2012.
  • Transcending diversity : the communication manager as ethical/moral ombudsperson in the postmodern organisational setting

    Leonard, Anne; Ströh, Ursula (Southern African Communication Association, 2008-07-17)
    Although the philosophy of ethical and socially responsible communication management practices has a long history and has been described in great detail, the notion of the communication manager as an ethical / moral ombudsperson is relatively new. 
 With increasing numbers of communication managers now forming part of the dominant coalition / strategic decision-making team in many organisations, the real influence that these individuals have over the values that organisations accept should be critically assessed. 
 The new role of the communication manager is conceptualised as constituting two spheres of responsibility. Internally the communication manager should be facilitating the establishment and acceptance of ethically / morally acceptable organisational values. These values will then figure in external organisational behaviour, while the communication manager will act as the eyes and ears of the society in which he / she operates.
  • Repoliticizing management : a theory of corporate legitimacy /

    CRADDEN, Conor (Aldershot : Ashgate,, 2005)
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-168) and index.
  • Mind the governance gap: banks gilding the sustainability lily

    Martijn Boersma (Pro Bono Australia, 2015-07-27)
    The big four Australian banks have received international accolades for their sustainability efforts. Despite these accolades, a number of recent controversies have stimulated public debate about the social and environmental responsibilities of the banking industry. Australian banks have suffered public outrage as a result of dubious financial advice costing thousands their life savings, disputed credit card fees, rate-fixing, and insider trading, as well as the funding of unsustainable activities such as coal mining and infrastructure projects along the great barrier reef, nuclear arms manufacturing, and land grabs in emerging economies.  Catalyst Australia examined the self-regulatory and voluntary measures aimed at producing socially and environmentally responsible banking and found a schism between symbolic and substantive sustainability efforts. The report advocates increased integration of corporate responsibilities in authoritative frameworks, and specifically recommends reformulating company directors’ duties to include social and environmental responsibilities, redefining sustainability reporting requirements and enshrining these in corporate governance systems, and founding social and environmental risk assessments on the precautionary principle, which shifts the burden of proof towards those parties that potentially cause harm.
  • 臺北市政府實施殯葬禮儀服務業評鑑之研究

    [[advisor]]孫本初; [[advisor]]Sun,Ben CH'u; [[author]]何姍靜; [[author]]Ho,Shan Ching; 何姍靜; Ho,Shan Ching (2008)
  • The hypocrisy-sincerity continuum in corporate communication and decision making: a model of corporate social responsibility and business ethics practices

    Fassin, YvesEB09001961032731801000451311; Buelens, MarcUGent801000387350973027444364 (2011)
    Purpose - The disconnect between the corporate social responsibility (CSR) rhetoric and the practical reality experienced within companies calls for improved CSR evaluation systems that take into account the hypocrisy content of the firm's communication. The aim of this article is to contribute to the conceptual underpinning of a sincerity/hypocrisy index that positions an organization on a continuum from idealism to cynicism Design/methodology/approach - Starting with the analysis of the reasons for the dissonance between message and reality, the drivers of ethical corporate behavior, the intention of the actors and the intensity of effort and of corporate communication were analysed. Findings - The analysis of the reasons for dissonance between message and reality sheds light on the role of communication in the perception of hypocrisy. An underlying model of a sincerity/hypocrisy index is proposed to position the firm on a continuum from idealism to hypocrisy in function of the degree of congruence or dissonance between communication and reality. Practical implications - This concept of sincerity index could form a valuable basis for the development of new evaluation instruments for rating agencies, screening institutions and other evaluation bodies. Originality/value - The instrument can help management to concentrate on the essence of CSR: the effective implementation of a corporate culture with attention for values and responsible business practices.
  • Moral Reasoning at Work: Rethinking Ethics in Organizations [electronic resource] /

    Kvalnes, ø; SpringerLink (Online service)
    This book is open access under CC-BY license. Moral dilemmas are a pervasive feature of working life. Moral Reasoning at Work offers a fresh perspective on how to live with them using ethics and moral psychology research. It argues that decision-makers must go beyond compliance and traditional approaches to ethics to prepare for moral dilemmas.
  • Whistleblowing Behavior in Organizations and Work Morality Interaction

    KIZILOĞLU, Esra; Selçuk Üniversitesi, İİBF, İşletme Bölümü; Çelik, Adnan (International Journal of Social Sciences and Education ResearchInternational Journal of Social Sciences and Education Research, 2015-11-19)
    Whistleblowing behavior has become an important subject in internal and external stakeholders of an enterprise today, when morality values become conscientious responsibility. News about the enterprises in which malpractice, bribery and inappropriate behaviors to work morality in recent years, has increased the importance of this concept. This study aimed to theoretically explain the interaction between whistleblowing behaviors and work morality in the organizations. For this purpose, first of all, work morality and whistleblowing topics have been explained and secondly, the interaction between whistleblowing behavior and work morality ics has been analyzed in a theoretic ground with being managed suitable for work morality and the role of work morality in creating whistleblowing behavior subtopics.Keywords: Morality, Work Morality, Business Ethics, Whistleblowing, News Spreading
  • Legal Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility [electronic resource] : Lessons from the United States and Korea /

    You,; SpringerLink (Online service)
    This book offers readers a comprehensive and in-depth legal analysis of corporate social responsibility (CSR) by examining the theoretical foundations of corporate governance and its legal mechanism in the United States and South Korea. Moreover, it proposes legislative blueprint for establishing the legal frameworks that might serve to legitimize and effectively implement CSR in general. Reflecting the zeitgeist of improved corporate accountability and transparency, the ongoing movement to enhance CSR has permeated entire sectors of society the world over. Despite the apparent ubiquity of CSR, the corporate laws of many countries remain relatively silent on the issue, omitting to include any explicit provision governing the concept. Partly in response to this lack of legislation, Korean corporate scholars, for example, have attempted to introduce American legal theories, systems and laws on CSR into Korea. Yet traditional Korean jurisprudence provides no defining foundation for CSR; indeed, the prevailing view in jurisprudence and scholarship passively resists instituting corporate responsibility into the law. In response to this jurisprudential and academic shortcoming, and as an example for other countries, this book provides a comprehensive guide to the relevant legislation and theory on CSR in Korean corporate law by employing a comparative study of the relevant American theories and laws. Proceeding from this analysis, the book then puts forward a legislative blueprint for establishing a foundation to legitimize and effectively implement CSR.
  • The rotten apple in the barrel has a bug in it: how the analogy of parasitic infection may shed light on the causes of & solutions to recent financial scandals

    Hills, Mils; Logendran, Girija (2014-04-14)
    Time and time again, corporate scandals (lately in the banking sector) remind us of the frailty of human standards and values: ethical conduct is unreliable. The authors have personal experience, drawn from consultancy and research, of the troubling ease with which groups of employees can subvert and expose to existential risk otherwise sound organisations. Daily, occasional and actions under stress may each and all demonstrate forms of behaviour at substantial odds from what individuals would tolerate, enable or support. These individuals are not necessarily behaving irrationally, nor motivated solely by personal gain: and yet their actions are greedy. They put at risk the stability of the overall organisation for the promise of an easier (but unregulated, unsafe or unpalatable) workload, reward or task list.
 In this sense, then, a biological analogy would be of a parasitical infection that drains energy from a host, reducing its ability to remain healthy or, as some real-world parasites do, changing the behaviour of the host such that it is persuaded that unconventional actions are natural, intuitive. The very conditions of work may have a profound influence here: “This dysfunctional perspective is reinforced by contemporary corporate monoculture where employees live in a bubble, log obscene hours, and vacation with their co-workers. As a consequence giant corporations are dogmatically insular with their own warped code of ethics and worldview” (Burnett 2011).
 This paper will seek to shed light on the mechanisms by which teams in organisations come to undertake behaviours which out at risk the sustainability and security of the whole. Here, then, for example, the socially-responsible aspirations and benchmarks of financial institutions are compromised. Supposed to build long-term shareholder value by taking into strategic account the need for engagement and transparency about the company, how it creates value for its stakeholders, how it manages risk and contributes to society – all of these can be undermined by rogue traders (Cf. Nick Leeson, Enron, Parmalat ,NorthernRock, Madoff, LIBOR, the London Whale, RBS, Co-op, RBS GRG). As an American author helpfully puts it: “parasitic accountants […] have subverted America's entrepreneurial spirit and jeopardized the common good” (Burnett 2011).
  • Leadership and governance from the inside out /

    Gandossy, Robert P.; Sonnenfeld, Jeffrey A.,1954-(viaf)110112630 (Hoboken (N.J.) : Wiley,, 2004)
    Expert contributors on the challenges facing today's business leaders No business leadership book tackles the tough issues of integrity and governance as does Leadership and Governance from the Inside Out. Taking a uniquely holistic approach to leadership, this book gathers the path-breaking perspectives of influential shareholder activists; opinion-leading CEOs of major firms; trailblazing, distinguished academics; and courageous regulators. The all-star roster of contributors from the corporate world and academia includes Vanguard's John Bogle; former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt; Professor Michael Useem of the Wharton School; Harvard Business School's Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Rakesh Khurana; Robert Lane, CEO of (John) Deere & Company; shareholder activist Nell Minnow; and Philippe Haspeslagh, Professor of Business Policy at INSEAD. Sherron Watkins, Enron whistleblower and Time Person of the Year, shares an inside look at Enron, and Barbara Ley Toffler, former head of Arthur Andersen's Ethics Practice, paints a picture of Anderson Consulting before their fall. Robert Gandossy (Redding, Connecticut) is a Global Leader for Hewitt Associates' Talent and Organization Consulting. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld (Hamden, Connecticut) is the Associate Dean for Executive Programs at Yale University's School of Management, as well as founder, President, and CEO of The Chief Executive Leadership Institute of Yale University.
  • The Global Crisis: A Hard Lesson Rooted in Theory and Praxis

    The Pennsylvania State University CiteSeerX Archives (2013-07-23)
    Abstract: While the details of financial crises may change over time, their essence remains the same; these crises are recognized by a cycle of abundant liquidity, rapid credit growth, and a low-inflation environment followed by an asset-price bubble implosion. Understanding the underlying weaknesses inherent in these bubbles has been a hard lesson for market participants to learn, but the most important lesson is how to prevent crises from repeating. The current market turbulence began in the mid-2000s when the US economy shifted to an unbalanced macroeconomic position. By 2007, mounting defaults in the US sub-prime mortgage market led to US market instability, unleashing a global fiscal contagion that spread around the world, roiling markets and causing world economic upheaval. This contagion led to, for example, the nationalization of big financial institutions, bank failures, the end of an era in investment banking, increased federal insurance on banking deposits, government bailouts and opportunistic investments by sovereign wealth funds. In this paper, we discuss the history, macroeconomic conditions, and milestones of the US mortgage crisis that later resulted in the global liquidity and credit shortages and provide an ethics-based platform for deriving preventative strategies. Specifically, we describe key investment banking and risk
  • Small-business owner-managers' perceptions of business ethics and CSR-related concepts

    Fassin, YvesEB09001961032731801000451311; Van Rossem, Annick; Buelens, MarcUGent801000387350973027444364 (2011)
    Recent academic articles point to an increased vagueness and overlap in concepts related to business ethics and corporate responsibility. Further, the perception of these notions can differ in the small-business world from the original academic definitions. This article focuses on the cognition of small-business owner-managers. Given the impact of small-business owner-managers on their ventures, corporate responsibility and ethical issues can take a different route in SMEs. The small-business owner-manager is able to shape the corporate culture and to enact values other than profit. Adopting a cognitive perspective, we have identified how the small-business owner-manager makes sense of notions linked to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business ethics. The concept of sensemaking has recently been applied to CSR (Basu and Pallazzo, 2008; Cramer et al., 2006). Applying a cognitive perspective to small-business owners may help in explaining specific phenomena found within small-business ownership. For this research, the Repertory Grid Technique (RGT) is used, a method that has not previously been widely applied in the business and society field. Our findings to an extent invalidate the confusion in terminology found in the academic literature. Small-business owner-managers, pragmatically and rather clearly, differentiate among the various concepts related to corporate responsibility and business ethics but, at the same time, they recognise the interrelationships and interdependencies of these concepts. These findings contribute to a better understanding of how small-business owners think and integrate corporate responsibility and ethical issues into their decision-making.
  • Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences (JETEMS) 3(3):233-237 (ISSN:2141-7024) The Role of Integrity and Communication Ethics in Corporate Governance: A Study of Selected Companies in

    The Pennsylvania State University CiteSeerX Archives; Uasin Gishu County; Chepkemei A; Biwott Caroline; Watindi A. Risper (2013-07-23)
    Communication plays a significant role in efficiency and effectiveness of corporate governance. However, if communication ethics is not practiced, it will affect the performance of corporate governance. It has been noted with concern that reports of poor quality service and lack of integrity and courtesy in communication are on the increase in Kenya. This paper seeks to analyse communication ethics in corporate governance in companies in Kenya. The study utilized the qualitative research approach. Quota sampling technique was used to obtain respondents from Uasin Gishu County. Data was obtained through secondary and primary data. Interviews and Observation schedules were used to obtained primary data from 30 participants. It was found that people lie a lot in organizations; individuals in the corporations lack courtesy in most instances; spyware, monitoring of employees e-mails and websites is also a common thing among employees; managers carelessly disclose confidential information of employees and generally, there is no freedom of speech. It is vital to know that communication ethics is essential in corporate governance and recommends that communication ethics should be practised in at all levels of organisations. The authors anticipate the paper will help bring positive change to corporate communication and governance which will also contribute to improvement in the overall performance
  • Innovative Accreditation Standards in Education and Training [electronic resource] : The Italian Experience in Ethical Standards and the Impact on Business Organisation /

    Previtali,; SpringerLink (Online service)
    The aim of this book is to examine how technical and institutional factors affect the responsiveness of public and private organisations to a change in accreditation standards, with specific reference to the vocational educational and training (VET) sector and ethical standards. In particular, the authors analyse the Italian experience regarding a new accreditation standard recently adopted in the Region of Lombardy. Although based on a national experience, this innovative approach to accreditation systems in the educational sector provides a more general framework of analysis of how ethics and compliance can be applied in business organisation worldwide.

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