Managing workplace ethics: An extended conceptualization of ethical sensemaking and the facilitative role of human resources

Alexandra E. MacDougall, Zhanna Bagdasarov, James F. Johnson, Michael D. Mumford

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Abstract

Business ethics provide a potent source of competitive advantage, placing increasing pressure on organizations to create and maintain an ethical workforce. Nonetheless, ethical breaches continue to permeate corporate life, suggesting that there is something missing from how we conceptualize and institutionalize organizational ethics. The current effort seeks to fill this void in two ways. First, we introduce an extended ethical framework premised on sensemaking in organizations. Within this framework, we suggest that multiple individual, organizational, and societal factors may differentially influence the ethical sensemaking process. Second, we contend that human resource management plays a central role in sustaining workplace ethics and explore the strategies through which human resource personnel can work to foster an ethical culture and spearhead ethics initiatives. Future research directions applicable to scholars in both the ethics and human resources domains are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-159
Number of pages39
JournalResearch in Personnel and Human Resources Management
Volume33
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Business ethics
  • Ethical decision making
  • Ethical sensemaking
  • Ethics institutionalization
  • Ethics interventions
  • Ethics management

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