Static Narratives and the Avoidance of Ethical concerns

All companies have narratives—mission statements, principles, and core values— that communicate the identity and purpose of the firm to its stakeholders, especially the employees. A story that defines a firm’s purpose, mission, and values can empower managers to search for and identify new opportunities that fit within the company’s moral framework and handle unforeseen crises.… Continue reading Static Narratives and the Avoidance of Ethical concerns

Whistleblowing, Ethics in Diverse Cultures

In the wake of Enron, Parmalat, WorldCom, Siemens, Tyco, LeisureNet and the many other corporate scandals that have littered the early years of this millennium, whistleblowing has become a focal point for attention from corporations and their stakeholders. There is considerable concern surrounding whether those individuals who are in a position to prevent potential harm… Continue reading Whistleblowing, Ethics in Diverse Cultures


There are two approaches to building organisational culture: One has a deficit focus: detect errors, analyse root causes, plan remedies, and implement corrections. The second has an appreciative, positive focus: seek and draw out human strengths so the organisation self-organises to be even better. With respect to company ethics, the first approach, deficit focus, is… Continue reading PROACTIVE OR REACTIVE TO ETHICS VIOLATIONS?