Advancing From Compliance To Performance

Abstract:Poor ethics has recently been recognized as a controllable factor that can either make or break and organization. If organizations would practice ethics as a logic-based discipline and quality problem, they would reach higher levels of performance that would result in better moral and economic outcomes for everyone. When ethics is practiced systematically it becomes a science discipline and as such, must follow reasoning steps related to the scientific method. Ethics management is a system with two integral parts: basic compliance and gray zone issues in which clear-cut policies or standards do not fit well. Unless identified and resolved, gray zone issues can multiply and impact performance at every level. Organizations can continue to invest resources in compliance programs that provide little return, or they can learn proven ways to improve intents, means, and outcomes for all …

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