The Business case for ethics: why good guys finish first

Louise A. Metcalf, Louise P. Parkes, Peter H. Langford

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    Abstract

    This study puts forward a business case for ethical behaviour in organisations. Data was collected over 5 years, coming from 18 countries, 16,813 staff from 1,535 organisations participated and approximately 18% of the database is international. Organisations came from an extensive range of industry groups. Findings included that businesses perceived as successful demonstrated a strong link to ethical behaviour and also had more engaged staff. Our analysis also indicated that there is an argument for linking good leadership and good ethical behaviour. Managers should consider the importance of promoting good ethical behaviour for a successful business.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationManagement : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities
    EditorsJessica Kennedy, Lee Di Milia
    Place of PublicationRockhampton, Qld.
    PublisherCentral Queensland University
    Pages1-11
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)1921047348
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management International conference (20th : 2006) - Yeppoon, Qld.
    Duration: 6 Dec 20069 Dec 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management International conference (20th : 2006)
    CityYeppoon, Qld.
    Period6/12/069/12/06

    Keywords

    • ethics
    • business ethics
    • leadership
    • organisational development
    • organisational surveys
    • employee engagement

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