Corporate ethical codes: Effective instruments for influencing behavior [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 78 (4):601 - 609 (2008)
This paper reviews studies of corporate ethical codes published since 2000 and concludes that codes be can effective instruments for shaping ethical behavior and guiding employee decision-making. Culture and effective communication are key components to a code’s success. If codes are embedded in the culture and embraced by the leaders, they are likely to be successful. Communicating the code’s precepts in an effective way is crucial to its success. Discussion between employees and management is a key component of successful ethical codes.
Keywords communication  corporate ethics  culture  ethical codes  honesty and ethics standards
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