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Public Sector Managers and Ethical Dilemmas

journal contribution
posted on 2023-08-18, 04:26 authored by Lisa Catherine Ehrich, Neil Cranston, Megan Kimber
Controversies surrounding the behaviour of ministers and high profile leaders seem to be commonplace in public life. That there has been a resurgence of interest in the study of ethics is not surprising. The spotlight on ethics in the public domain has been due in part to the crisis in confidence about government and a lack of public trust in organisations. Furthermore, a complex organisational environment where managers arc being required to juggle a 'multitude of competing obligations and interests' (Cooper 1998, p. 244) has provided fertile ground for the emergence of ethical dilemmas. In this paper we put forward a tentative model that reveals important inputs that bear upon an individual, such as a public sector manager, who is confronted with an ethical dilemma. In the final part of the paper we illustrate the model's efficacy with an ethical dilemma described by a retired senior public servant to determine whether the model works in practice.

History

Sub-type

  • Article

Publication title

Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Volume

10

Issue

1

Pagination

25-37

ISSN

1324-3209

Department/School

Education

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Publication status

  • Published

Rights statement

Copyright 2004 Cambridge University Press and Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management