Ethikos Editor’s Weekly Picks: Change Your Leaders to Change Your Culture


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Change your leaders to change your culture

By Jack Zenger for Forbes
Research done on culture and organizational performance by Kotter and Heskett defines culture as “…gained knowledge, explanations, values, beliefs, communication and behaviors of large group of people, at the same time and same place.”  They concluded that differences in culture explains why one company succeeds where another fails within an industry. Consider Apple verses Blackberry, or Target verses Kmart. It wasn’t just the strategy that determined the success of the company, it was the culture.  The ultimate summary statement on the topic may have been Peter Drucker’s familiar saying, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” Read more

Did you bring your ethics to work today?

By Susan M. Heathfield for the balance
Think you are a person of integrity and that you bring your highest standards of ethics to your workplace each day? You may reassess your thinking as you explore the topic of workplace ethics in this article.

Despite hundreds of pages of policies, codes of ethics, codes of conduct, organizational values, and carefully defined work environments, company cultures, lapses in workplace ethics occur every day. Read more

Research misconduct is common among Middle East scientists, survey says

By Andrea Widener for Chemical & Engineering News
Research misconduct is a serious problem in the Middle East, a survey of academic scientists there shows.

Nearly 60% of respondents reported committing at least one breach of research ethics, and almost 75% said they knew of similar problems among their colleagues. “Scientific misconduct represents a significant issue in several universities in the Middle East,” the paper says. Read more

How China and the US are emboldening whistle-blowers in the fight against corporate corruption

By Andy Rickman for South China Morning Post
The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently released 2017 whistle-blower report shows a 72 per cent increase in informants coming from mainland China and Hong Kong.

In 2016, a total of 36 people who filed reward submissions under the Dodd-Frank Act were from the mainland and Hong Kong, compared with 62 this year. Read more

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