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Human resource management and ethical challenges: building a culture for organization success

Sarah Sanders Smith (Department of Managerial Studies, College of Business, Purdue University Northwest, Westville, Indiana, USA)
Samuel L. Rohr (Department of Business Administration and Economics, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA)
Richard N. Panton (Department of Managerial Studies, College of Business, Purdue University Northwest, Westville, Indiana, USA)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 10 January 2018

Issue publication date: 25 April 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

Human resource professionals (HRPs) remain challenged by ethical conundrums in the workplace. Business leaders are asked to respond to demands for efficiency in an environment of distrust or skepticism amongst employees and customers. HRPs who understand ethical decision-making as well as ethical perspectives and implications of actions within the organization can create value within their organizations. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the five ethical content issues of Hosmer’s (1987) model related to the twenty-first century human resource management (HRM) themes.

Design/methodology/approach

As a result of a syntheses of leadership and HRM philosophies over several decades, six propositions associated with the content issues are suggested.

Findings

HRPs are well-positioned to encourage ethical and moral decision-making within their organizations when they are able to contribute to creation of a culture that honors duties to stakeholders and supports organizational success.

Originality/value

The existence of synthesized analysis regarding organizational leaders, human resource managers, ethics and culture to build organizational success is limited. Thus, this paper highlights a need for organizations and for HRPs to dedicate policies and implement practices which can support ethical sustenance in today’s organizations.

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Citation

Smith, S.S., Rohr, S.L. and Panton, R.N. (2018), "Human resource management and ethical challenges: building a culture for organization success", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 66-79. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-10-2016-0044

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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