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Cross-sector organisational engagement with ethics : a comparison between private sector companies and public sector entities of Sweden

Svensson, Göran, Wood, Greg and Callaghan, Michael 2009, Cross-sector organisational engagement with ethics : a comparison between private sector companies and public sector entities of Sweden, Corporate governance, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 283-297.

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Title Cross-sector organisational engagement with ethics : a comparison between private sector companies and public sector entities of Sweden
Author(s) Svensson, Göran
Wood, Greg
Callaghan, Michael
Journal name Corporate governance
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 283
End page 297
Total pages 15
Publisher MCB University Press
Place of publication Bradford, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1472-0701
1758-6054
Keyword(s) public sector organizations
Private sector organizations
ethics
Sweden
Summary Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to describe and compare similarities as well as differences in the organizational engagement with ethics between private sector companies and public sector entities.

Design/methodology/approach – A survey was conducted in order to examine the organizational engagement with ethics in the largest private sector companies and the largest public sector entities in Sweden. Two adapted questionnaires were developed for each sector. The outcome of this research procedure is reported in this paper.

Findings – There are both minor and major differences between the private sector and public sectors, where the private sector companies overall tend to be more engaged with ethics than the public sector entities in areas such as: ethical bodies, ethical tools, internal and external ethical usage, and ethical support measures and ethical performance measures.

Research limitations/implications – This paper makes a contribution to theory as it outlines findings for the benefit of other researchers working in private and/or public sectors in the field. A suggestion for further research is to examine the organizational engagement with ethics in other countries/cultures that differ from the ones in this research effort performed in the private and public sectors of Sweden.

Practical implications –
The research may be of managerial interest as it provides a grounded framework of areas to be considered in the examination of organizational engagement with ethics in both private sector companies and public sector entities. It may be used as a benchmark by either sector.

Originality/value – It reports a research effort to develop and describe a cross-sector comparison of the organizational engagement with ethics between private sector companies and public sector entities of Sweden. A framework is also introduced and illustrated. It also makes a contribution to theory and practice in the field as it is based upon a dual sample that provides insight into cross-sector organizational engagement with ethics.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 220102 Business Ethics
Socio Economic Objective 950402 Business Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016839

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