Symposium 490 - Virtues And Work - Ethical Individuals In Ethical Organizations?

Ethical issues in Organizational Psychology
Friday May 19   11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Ethics and Sustainability
Ethical issues in Organizational Psychology
Virtues and work - Ethical individuals in ethical organizations?
M. Kaptein 1, M. Huhtala 2,*, M. Ruokolainen 3, S. D. Schaefer 4, M. Kangas 2
1RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, 3School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland, 4Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art:
Sustainable and responsible practices in business and in organizations are increasingly important in today’s working life. This interest has induced abundant research in the behavioral ethics domain during the recent decades. To answer this growing demand for integrity, organizations need evidence-based knowledge about how they can create and support an ethical, responsible working environment. We also need further understanding about the antecedents and outcomes of ethical work context.
New Perspectives/Contributions:
This symposium provides new empirical evidence about several viewpoints on how to understand and support ethicality in organizations. Focusing both on individual processes (amoralization, moral identity, and personal virtues) and organizational context (ethical leadership and ethical culture) it brings interdisciplinary contribution to understanding moral motivation and decision-making in the work context. We also present results on how ethical values and practices can support well-being at work (e.g., lead to less sickness absence, less emotional and cognitive strain, and less turnover).
Research/Practical Implications:
The studies give several important implications on how to encourage ethical behavior and reduce unethical practices and their negative consequences in the work place.
University of Jyväskylä
post-doctoral researcher

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