Employee perceptions of organizational ethics programs after the implementation of Sarbanes Oxley: A longitudinal study of employees in the contiguous 48 states

by Brock, John D., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 88 pages; 3304454

Abstract:

The consequences of ethical lapses have resulted in a range of impacts from executives sentenced to prison to the loss of jobs by employees, financial loss for shareholders and perhaps most notable, an erosion of trust in corporate America. This has led to the development of ethics training programs, policies, and in general, increased awareness of and support for ethical behavior. Ethics training programs and stated or restated ethics policies are key elements in organizational governance and provide means to measure ethical behavior. What this research study achieved was to show that there was a general decrease in the perceived awareness of organizational responses to ethical issues across the sample, as well as in many of the categories within the occupation groups and gender from prior to the Enron scandal in 2000 to a period afterward in 2003. The implication of these findings are that while ethical programs may appear be effective due to the decrease in observed violations of ethical conduct, the findings highlighted a decrease in awareness of the existence of written ethical standards and the availability of ethical resources.

AdviserMary Evans-Kasala
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Adult education; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3304454

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