Predictors of ethical code use and ethical tolerance in the public sector

Ashkanasy, Neal M., Falkus, Sarah and Callan, Victor J. (2000) Predictors of ethical code use and ethical tolerance in the public sector. Journal of Business Ethics, 25 3: 237-253. doi:10.1023/A:1006001722137

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Author Ashkanasy, Neal M.
Falkus, Sarah
Callan, Victor J.
Title Predictors of ethical code use and ethical tolerance in the public sector
Journal name Journal of Business Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-4544
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1023/A:1006001722137
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 25
Issue 3
Start page 237
End page 253
Total pages 17
Editor A. Mychalos
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject 390204 Professional Ethics
720403 Management
380108 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Abstract This paper reports the results of a survey of ethical attitudes, values, and propensities in public sector employees in Australia. It was expected that demographic variables, personal values, and contextual variables at the individual level, and group and organisational-level values would predict use of formal codes of ethics and ethical tolerance (tolerance of unethical behaviour). Useable data were received from 500 respondents selected at random across public sector organizations in a single Australian state. Results supported the study hypotheses, but indicated that different mechanisms underlie each of the criterion variables. Use of ethical codes was determined primarily on the basis of a perception that others use the code, while ethical tolerance was determined by personal values. At an applied level, the research highlights the need for organizations to establish a critical mass of code users, so that this operates as a normative influence on others in the organization.
Keyword Ethical attitudes
Public sector employees
Contextual variables
Individual, group and organisational-level values
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Erratum: Predictors of ethical code use and ethical tolerance in the public sector. (vol 25, pg 237, 2000) This is an author version of an article originally published as Neal M. Ashkanasy, Sarah Falkus and Victor J. Callan (2000) Predictors of Ethical Code Use and Ethical Tolerance in the Public Sector, Journal of Business Ethics, 25 (3) 237-253. doi: 10.1023/A:1006001722137.

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