The purpose of this paper is to understand the role of ethical leadership and ethical culture as a safeguard against corruption.
Using survey data from public managers in local authorities in The Netherlands, Serbia, Montenegro and the USA in a comparative study.
The USA and The Netherlands, generally, display higher levels of organizational integrity than Montenegro and Serbia. Second, the strongest effects of ethical leadership were found in Montenegro. Third, in all four countries a rule‐based approach to ethics dominated.
It is difficult to determine the extent to which survey participants felt free to express their true opinions. Different social values need to be included as part of any comparative analysis.
The role of ethical leadership is crucial; the importance of laws and rules underpinning ethical conduct cannot be underestimated.
The paper contributes to the growing interest in comparative studies.
Kolthoff, E., Erakovich, R. and Lasthuizen, K. (2010), "Comparative analysis of ethical leadership and ethical culture in local government", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 23 No. 7, pp. 596-612. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513551011078879Download as .RIS
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