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Formal and Cultural Influences in Successful Corporate Ethics Training

Ethics training is offered in most workplaces throughout the country in an effort to encourage compliance and the promotion of values. The principles learned within a corporate training session may be short lived without substantial cultural improvements that support appropriate values. A study by Warren, et. al. (2014) delves into the success of such corporate training to help determine whether they have real value or are only cosmetic by nature.   The report highlights the need to provide further support for ethics through cultural improvements. In a perfect world people will hold ethical values regardless of the environment they traverse. The problem is we don’t live in a perfect world and have to deal with issues related to human behavior, motivation, and decision making. Corporate ethics training is designed to help support ethical behavior in the workplace by providing information on appropriate practices and avenues for reporting unethical behavior.  The Theory of

Standing for Business Ethics Relies on more than Simple Beliefs

Ethics may be more important today than it was in the past as international business brings new influences.   But despite its importance, it doesn’t mean standing up for ethics is likely in cases where unethical practices are regular occurrences. Research by Denise Baden (2014) helps define how positive and negative role models mixed with self-efficacy and descriptive norms help business members make ethical choices. The study encourages us to think about how our environment and self-beliefs impact our core decisions.  Standing against unethical behavior is never easy as one must sometimes move against their social, political, and business networks. Even good people are paralyzed with fear of reprisals and retaliation. To most it is better to be silent and see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil when it comes to corporate unethical practices.  Positive role models give an alternative to unethical behavior and provides a stronger context for another’s actions. Busines