Title

Ethical Business Cultures: A Literature Review and Implications for HRD

Department/School

Center for Ethical Business Cultures

Date of this version

7-2009

Document Type

Article

Keywords

ethical business culture; organizational culture; business ethics

Abstract

This literature review identifies characteristics of ethical business cultures, describes factors, considered to be important in developing such cultures, describes current practices of developing ethical culture programs, and discusses the role of HRD in developing ethical business cultures. We argue that ethical thinking and behavior can be learned and internalized as a result of work-based interpretive interactions, and this learning process constitutes an important part of organizational learning. Therefore, to help the organization develop an ethical culture, HRD needs to play a key role in several interrelated activities which include: culture change efforts, focused on the creation of conditions, conducive to ethical behaviors; creation of a dynamic program of ethical training for employees on all levels of the organization; and development of up-to-date codes of ethics.

Published in

Human Resource Development Review

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.