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Mismanaging unethical behaviour in the workplace

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-14 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T17:25:27Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T17:25:27Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1934
dc.description.abstract What constitutes unethical behaviour and its mismanagement is the focus of this article. This includes the transgression of moral norms by employees such as greed, corruption, antisocial behaviour and the abuse of company assets for personal enrichment. A salient feature of this case study is its focus on the workers' lack of adherence to its ethics policies, and a conscious flagrant disregard for the organization's moral codes by its employees. The research question that inevitably arises is whether the employees resort to unethical behaviour because they fail to achieve their goals through legitimate means, or whether it is simply a flagrant disrespect by them of organizational ethical policies that enunciate the moral norms for all its employees. This exploratory study used the mixed methods approach to investigate this problem. The research findings of this study strongly suggest why the sustainability of an organization can be threatened by reported cases of poor administration, weak management of human and non-human resources, and inappropriate job behaviour and performance of its employees. A key finding is that organizations should not leave managers and their employees to solely rely on their moral intuition and good judgement, but to create a culture with the aid of a performance management system in which there is a clear distinction between ethical and unethical behaviour. This research therefore provides further insight into the need for organizations to develop effective management strategies in order to prevent, detect, and respond forcefully to stamp out unethical behaviour of its employees. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Clute Institute en
dc.subject ETHICS en
dc.subject WORKPLACE en
dc.subject MANAGEMENT en
dc.title Mismanaging unethical behaviour in the workplace en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 31(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup Deputy CEO: Research en
dc.SourceTitle The Journal of Applied Business Research en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Colorado, USA en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8645 en
dc.PageNumber 515-530 en
dc.outputnumber 7408 en
dc.bibliographictitle Singh, P. & Twalo, T. (2015) Mismanaging unethical behaviour in the workplace. <i>The Journal of Applied Business Research</i>. 31(2):515-530. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Singh, P. en
dc.contributor.author2 Twalo, T. en


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