Codes of ethics best practice in the Swedish public sector: a PUBSEC-scale
Svensson, Goran and Wood, Greg 2004, Codes of ethics best practice in the Swedish public sector: a PUBSEC-scale, International journal of public sector management, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 178-195, doi: 10.1108/09513550410523296.
Examines business ethics in Swedish public sector organizations, and in particular, explores the content of public sector codes of ethics; suggests that it is possible through such an analysis to gain an understanding of an organization's performance in this area. Describes the questionnaire survey sent to public sector organizations (government, county councils, municipalities) requesting information on how they developed an ethical ethos into their daily operations, and details the analysis undertaken into their codes of ethics. Draws on case studies with public sector units representing best practice, in respect to codes of ethics, to develop a customized public sector scale (PUBSEC-scale) consisting of seven dimensions and 41 items. Makes suggestions as to how the PUBSEC-scale could be used; points to the differences between the codes of ethics in the public and private sectors; looks at what the private sector can learn from the public sector; makes suggestions for further research.
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