Title

The management of ethical dilemmas by Australian executives: Is what's said and what's done aligned?

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

World Business Institute Australia

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

22116

Comments

Originally published as: Crews, J. (2016). The management of ethical dilemmas by Australian executives: Is what's said and what's done aligned? In Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Australian Business and Social Science Research Conference (422). Gold Coast, Australia: World Business Institute Australia. Original article available here

Abstract

Central to the empirical research on ethical-decision making is that moral behaviour is predicated on individuals’ awareness and recognition of a moral issue (Butterfield et al., 2000; Reynolds, 2006). This research explored the management of ethical dilemmas experienced by Australian executives. It compared how executives responded to dilemmas they actually experienced compared to their intended response to a hypothetical vignette presented in semi-structured face-to-face interviews. The findings suggest that there are key differences in how executives respond to their own dilemmas compared to a hypothetical situation. This paper introduces a background to the research, literature review, data collection methods and research methodology. It concludes with a discussion on the research findings and a summary and conclusions.

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