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Taking the ethical lead: Predicting behavior of business leaders

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 26 February 2020

Issue publication date: 29 June 2020




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds his/her own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


Take any financial or environmental scandal perpetrated by a major company – and unfortunately, there are quite a few to choose from – and people will tend to remember what went wrong and some of the fallout from the scandal, but it is unlikely they will know much about why something went wrong. For example, people will remember that Lehman Brothers went bust during the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008 and can picture its employees leaving its offices with Iron Mountain boxes. They will also perhaps remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989, and the devastation it caused the local wildlife. But does anyone remember exactly why these events occurred?

Practical implications

This paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



(2020), "Taking the ethical lead: Predicting behavior of business leaders", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 34 No. 4, pp. 37-39.



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