Beyond Compliance: Fostering a Culture of Ethical Behavior in Management

Published: 24 June 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/bzv3z2c2sh.1
Flordeliza Afable


This paper delves into the intricate relationship between literacy, moral compass, and their collective impact on personal and societal development. The author reflects on a pivotal question posed by their professor: whether knowing how to read or understanding what is right and wrong is more crucial. While literacy enables access to information, the moral compass forms the basis for ethical decision-making, shaping an individual's character and contributing to societal well-being. The narrative transitions to an exploration of Management Ethics within organizational dynamics, emphasizing its profound influence on culture and success. Defining ethical behavior in the workplace, the paper navigates through scenarios that challenge conventional notions, examining the intersection of power dynamics, personal values, and ethical frameworks. It underscores the need to balance morality and practicality, advocating for workplaces that harmoniously integrate ethical values and practical needs. The significance of ethical behavior in promoting positive behaviors, effective problem-solving, and maintaining reputation is emphasized. The paper proposes a comprehensive set of strategies for enhancing ethical behavior in organizations, ranging from establishing Codes of Ethics to leadership development and whistleblower protection. The synthesis highlights the non-negotiable nature of ethical behavior, irrespective of professional competence. It concludes by discussing the implications for teachers and schools, emphasizing the pivotal role of educators in shaping ethical values. The paper advocates for a conscious effort to create a school culture that prioritizes integrity, providing support and tools for teachers to make ethical choices and guiding students in developing a strong ethical foundation for responsible citizenship.



Management, Education, Ethics, Employment Ethics