(Un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in universities : academic leaders’ perceptions

Ehrich, Lisa Catherine, Cranston, Neil, Kimber, Megan and Starr, Karen 2012, (Un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in universities : academic leaders’ perceptions, International studies in educational administration, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 99-114.

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Title (Un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in universities : academic leaders’ perceptions
Author(s) Ehrich, Lisa Catherine
Cranston, Neil
Kimber, Megan
Starr, KarenORCID iD for Starr, Karen orcid.org/0000-0003-3931-0180
Journal name International studies in educational administration
Volume number 40
Issue number 2
Start page 99
End page 114
Total pages 16
Publisher Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM)
Place of publication Penrith, N. S. W.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1324-1702
Keyword(s) universities and colleges
educational leadership
Summary In this paper we report on the qualitative component of a study that explored middle-level academic leaders’ experiences of (un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in their daily work. An electronic survey was distributed to academic leaders from universities across three Australian states. There are three major findings in this study. First, the messy context of universities is providing a fertile ground for ethical dilemmas to flourish. Second, the two main categories of unethical practices identified by participants were academic dishonesty and inappropriate behaviour towards staff and students. Third, the ethical dilemmas that emerged focused on the academic leaders’ strong sense of professional ethics that were in conflict with an ethic of care, supervisors’ directives, and the rules and policies of the organisation.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 950409 Workplace and Organisational Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049933

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