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ERIC Number: ED550557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 117
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-9211-9
Professional Commitment, Ethical Reasoning, and the Belief in Regulatory Compliance as Perceived by Safety Professionals
Wells, John W., Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Union University
The awareness of ethical business practices is becoming a focal point in both the business world and academia. As cross-cultural growth expands due to globalization, the perception of ethical behavior invites increasing scrutiny as society witnesses the changing global community. This ever-changing environment of demographics and globalization of the 21st century challenges safety professionals' commitment, ethical reasoning, and their belief in regulatory compliance as they strive to meet the demands of industry. Industry refers to all forms of commercialized business connected with the production, manufacture, or construction of a wide range of products, goods, or services. At the same time, leaders in higher education are challenged with the task of preparing future safety professionals to meet the daily responsibilities of industry as they envision and interact with the broader aspect of cross-cultural globalization. The purpose of this study was to examine predictive relationships between professional commitment, ethical reasoning, and the belief in regulatory compliance among professional members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Furthermore, the purpose of this study was to examine differences in professional commitment among safety professionals of various birth years who are members of the ASSE. Findings from this study indicated that professional members of the ASSE demonstrated levels of higher reasoning when faced with moral and ethical dilemmas. Those same respondents also exhibited heightened professional commitment toward the safety profession. However, no predictive relationship was established between ethical reasoning and professional commitment. Even though the results from this study cannot be generalized to all safety practitioners, it does provide valuable information concerning the level of professional ethics among ASSE-recognized safety professionals. By examining the relationships between the variables in this study, leaders in higher education will be able to focus on possible areas of need within safety curricula in order to better prepare future safety professionals. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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