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  1. Cam Caldwell, Linda A. Hayes, Patricia Bernal & Ranjan Karri (2008). Ethical Stewardship – Implications for Leadership and Trust. Journal of Business Ethics 78 (1-2):153 - 164.
    Great leaders are ethical stewards who generate high levels of commitment from followers. In this paper, we propose that perceptions about the trustworthiness of leader behaviors enable those leaders to be perceived as ethical stewards. We define ethical stewardship as the honoring of duties owed to employees, stakeholders, and society in the pursuit of long-term wealth creation. Our model of relationship between leadership behaviors, perceptions of trustworthiness, and the nature of ethical stewardship reinforces the importance of ethical governance in dealing (...)
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  2. Cam Caldwell, Ranjan Karri & Pamela Vollmar (2006). Principal Theory and Principle Theory: Ethical Governance From the Follower's Perspective. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 66 (2/3):207 - 223.
    Organizational governance has historically focused around the perspective of principals and managers and has traditionally pursued the goal of maximizing owner wealth. This paper suggests that organizational governance can profitably be viewed from the ethical perspective of organizational followers - employees of the organization to whom important ethical duties are also owed. We present two perspectives of organizational governance: Principal Theory that suggests that organizational owners and managers can often be ethically opportunistic and take advantage of employees who serve them (...)
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  3. Cam Caldwell & Ranjan Karri (2005). Organizational Governance and Ethical Systems: A Covenantal Approach to Building Trust. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 58 (1-3):249 - 259.
    . American businesses and corporate executives are faced with a serious problem the loss of public confidence. Public criticism, increased government controls, and growing expectations for improved financial performance and accountability have accompanied this decline in trust. Traditional approaches to corporate governance, typified by agency theory and stakeholder theory, have been expensive to direct and have focused on short-term profits and organizational systems that fail to achieve desired results. We explain why the organizational governance theories are fundamentally, inadequate to build (...)
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  4. Cam Caldwell, Ranjan Karri & Thomas Matula (2005). Practicing What We Teach – Ethical Considerations for Business Schools. Journal of Academic Ethics 3 (1):1-25.
    The raging cynicism felt toward businesses and business leaders is a by-product of perceived violations in the social contracts owed to the public. Business schools have a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on present and future business leaders, but ‘practicing what we teach’ is a critical condition precedent. This paper presents frameworks for ethical practices for assessing the social contracts owed by business schools in their role as citizens in the larger community. We identify the ethical implications of (...)
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  5. Ranjan Karri, Cam Caldwell, Elena P. Antonacopoulou & Daniel C. Naegle (2005). Building Trust in Business Schools Through Ethical Governance. Journal of Academic Ethics 3 (2-4):159-182.
    This paper presents conceptual arguments to suggest that trust within organizations and trustworthiness of organizations are built through ethical governance mechanisms. We ground our analysis of trust, trustworthiness, and stewardship in the business literature and provide the context of business school governance as the focus of our paper. We present a framework that highlights the importance of knowledge, resources, performance focus, transparency, authentic caring, social capital and citizenship expectations in creating a basis for the ethical governance of organizations.
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  6. Harsh K. Luthar & Ranjan Karri (2005). Exposure to Ethics Education and the Perception of Linkage Between Organizational Ethical Behavior and Business Outcomes. Journal of Business Ethics 61 (4):353 - 368.
    This study focused on the effects of individual characteristics and exposure to ethics education on perceptions of the linkage between organizational ethical practices and business outcomes. Using a stratified sampling approach, 817 students were randomly selected from a population of approximately 1310 business students in an AACSB accredited college of business. Three hundred and twenty eight of the subjects were freshmen, 380 were seniors, and 109 were working managers and professionals enrolled in a night-time MBA program. Overall, the respondents included (...)
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  7. Patrick S. M. Primeaux, Ranjan Karri & Cam Caldwell (2003). Cultural Insights to Justice: A Theoretical Perspective Through a Subjective Lens. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 46 (2):187 - 199.
    Distributive, procedural, and interactional justice are constructs that are increasingly being recognized as important factors that affect individual perceptions in the workplace environment. This paper presents a theoretical perspective that suggests that justice is perceived through a subjective lens that consists of individualized beliefs and proposes that cultural attributes and demographic characteristics play an integral part in determining the perception of justice. The distinctions between these three constructs are presented in context with the core beliefs of individual (...)
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  8. Cam Caldwell, Sheri J. Bischoff & Ranjan Karri (2002). The Four Umpires: A Paradigm for Ethical Leadership. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 36 (1-2):153 - 163.
    Theories of leadership have traditionally focused on leadership traits, styles, and situational factors that influence leader behaviors. We propose that The Four Umpires Model described herein, which examines how four leadership types view reality and perception, provides a useful example of an effective steward leader. We use the Five Beliefs Model identified by Edgar Schein and Peter Senge to frame the implicit assumptions underlying the core beliefs and mental models of each of the four umpires. We suggest that the stewardship (...)
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