Codes of ethics in Sweden's largest public sector organizations : communicating the intent of the code within the organization
Svensson, Göran, Wood, Greg, Callaghan, Michael and Baath, Hans 2004, Codes of ethics in Sweden's largest public sector organizations : communicating the intent of the code within the organization, in ANZAM 2004 : Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, 8-11 December 2004, Dunedin, New Zealand, University of Otago, [Dunedin, N.Z.].
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The aim of the study was to examine the ways that public sector organizations in Sweden communicated the intent of their codes of ethics to their employees. Primary data was obtained via a self-administered mail questionnaire distributed to a census of the top 100 organizations.
The study identified a range of methods used by organizations to integrate the ethos of codes into corporate culture. These methods included communication of the code, company induction of new staff, consequences for a breach of the code, ethical performance, an ethics ombudsman, the support of whistleblowers, a standing ethics committee, ethics education, and an ethics education committee.
Whilst many organizations have instituted ethical behaviour initiatives, activities specifically targeted at exposure, education and support for staff to perform ethically were found to be underdeveloped.
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