ERIC Number: EJ839316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Organizational Ethics Education and Training: A Review of Best Practices and Their Application
Sekerka, Leslie E.
International Journal of Training and Development, v13 n2 p77-95 Jun 2009
Insuring that ethical action remains a vibrant aspect of an organization's climate and culture is an ongoing challenge for those responsible for training and development. To better understand what best practices are being utilized today, eight organizations in the Silicon Valley region of the United States were studied. Findings suggest that ethics training is particularly intensive when an employee is first hired, when rules, regulations and corporate values are shared during the indoctrination period. Training continues, but is often limited to online activities. Face-to-face interaction, necessary for learning and development, is usually reserved for specialized functions and senior level managers. Most firms emphasize a compliance-based approach, with little attention directed toward developing moral competencies over time. In addition, assessment tools to measure ethical competencies are rarely used as performance criteria. Findings from this study reveal specific trends, which can inform, guide and improve practitioners' efforts to further develop ethical decision-making and action within their organizations.
Descriptors: Ethics, Best Practices, Organizational Development, Organizational Climate, Ethical Instruction, Moral Values, Moral Development, Staff Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: California