Bridging Ethics and Self Leadership: Overcoming Ethical Discrepancies between Employee and Organizational Standards

Craig V. VanSandt, Christopher P. Neck

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Abstract

In spite of extensive study and efforts to improve business ethics and increase corporate social responsibility, a quick review of almost any business publication will show that breaches of ethics are a common occurrence in the business community. In this paper we explore reasons for potential discrepancies or gaps between 'organizational and individual ethical standards, the consequences of such discrepancies, and possible methods of reducing the detrimental effects of these differences. The concept of self-leadership, as constructed through social learning theory is examined, and shown to be a potentially valuable tool for employees' use in making reasoned decisions in varying organizational ethical climates. Specifically, the authors will show how the practice of self-leadership can be employed as an important means to improve moral action within the firm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-387
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Business ethics
  • Code of ethics
  • Ethical decision making
  • Ethical gaps
  • Self-leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law

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