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Webcast: June 2012

Keys to Building & Sustaining Ethical Business Cultures: Survey Development and Validation



The global financial crisis of the 2000s was accompanied by a series of ethical breakdowns within business institutions. This surprised many business practitioners, academics, and legislators, who believed measures taken after earlier spectacular scandals would mitigate re-occurrence of the abuse and misconduct. Does this revelation suggest that measures taken failed to provide reliable protection against major ethics violations? Were the measures appropriate, were they targeting the right set of issues and problems? We argue that creating formal codes of ethics and conducting ethics training is necessary, but insufficient: ethical behavior is promoted and facilitated by an ethical business culture. To develop and support ethical business cultures in organizations, HRD practitioners need to be able to utilize quantitative benchmarks for measuring the initial parameters and later progress of their efforts. Therefore, the creation of reliable instruments for measuring organizational ethical culture is both practically and theoretically important. In our discussion we will report on the creation of the ethical business culture construct consisting of five uniquely quantifiable characteristics and their measurement using the Ethical Business Culture Survey instrument.


About the presenters:

Douglas Jondle, Ph.D., MBA; Research Director, Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas - Minnesota

Douglas Jondle, PhD, MBA is Research Director at the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. His current research includes multicultural evaluation of ethical business cultures and the development of an Ethical Perception Index. Recent publications include Characteristics of Ethical Business Cultures published in the Journal of Business Ethics and Ethical Business Cultures: A Literature Review and Implications for HRD that was published in the Human Resource Development Review. Dr. Jondle has taught graduate level Business Ethics, lead graduate level study abroad programs to Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, and the United Kingdom, and has guest lectured at a number of universities.


Alexandre Ardichvili, Ph.D.; Professor of HRD at the University of Minnesota

Alexandre Ardichvili is professor of HRD at the University of Minnesota. He holds PhD and MBA degrees from the University of Minnesota and PhD in management from the Moscow State University. Dr. Ardichvili has published an edited book and more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to HRD, international education, entrepreneurship, business ethics, and knowledge management. He is Associate Editor of the Human Resource Development International, and Fellow of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. Dr. Ardichvili has done consulting and applied research at Caterpillar, 3M, Honeywell, the Carlson Companies, ADM, ADC, BI Worldwide, and numerous other businesses and non-profits. He has traveled to more than 40 countries of Europe, Asia, and Latin America to present his research at conferences, teach graduate courses, and to conduct research and consulting projects.


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