Paternal Influences on Ethical Decision Making of Senior Leaders in the Health Care Industry Research Proposal

Paternal Influences on Ethical Decision Making of Senior Leaders in the Health Care Industry
A research proposal to examine how paternal influences can affect ethical decision making of senior leaders.
# 152062 | 3,938 words | 25 sources | APA | 2012 | PK
Published on Nov 26, 2012 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Psychology (Theory) , Ethics (General)

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This paper proposes research on the issue of why unethical behavior is so widespread in business, explaining that attributes such as honesty, fairness, trustworthiness, and integrity are initially encountered during a child's formative years when parents model these behaviors. It goes on to explain that the research carried out here examines the degree of influence on unethical decision-making by senior leadership due to paternal interference. The central research question in this research is: How do senior leaders in the health care industry internalize parental ethical convictions so that they continue to guide them in adulthood?

Problem Statement
Purpose Statement
Population and Sample
Importance of the Study
Review of Literature
Ethical decision-making
Research Questions

From the Paper:

''The unethical conduct of senior leaders has prompted the need to identify background factors, socialization practices, or early childhood experiences that may account for ethical or unethical behavior in adulthood. In the aftermath of the numerous scandals involving major corporations, questions of why senior leaders, despite their commitment to ethics as manifested in the organization's publicly endorsed code of ethics, violated even the most basic standards of ethical conduct. They raised the legitimate public concern over who is responsible for the ethical development of the corporations and increased the demands for accountability, fairness, and corporate social responsibility. Theories of human development (Bowlby, 1982; Piaget & Inhelder, 1972) and moral development (Kohlberg, 1981; Rest 1986) propose that parents, as primary socialization agents are instrumental in shaping ethics, values, and morality in their children.
''Ethical leadership has been defined as the "demonstration of normatively appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships, and the promotion of such conduct to followers through two-way communication, reinforcement, and decision-making (Brown, Trevino, & Harrison, 2005, p. 120). Furthermore, Trevino, Hartman and Brown (2000) suggested that being an ethical leader is about being both a moral person as well as a moral manager who consciously attempts to foster followers' moral behavior by setting clear moral standards and creating ground rules for moral conduct (Brown & Trevino, 2006). Others (i.e., Aronson, 2001; Kanungo & Mendoca, 1996) defined ethical leadership as the tension between altruistic and egotistic motives and have suggested that an ethical leader is driven by a system of accepted beliefs and appropriate judgments instead of self-interest.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aronson, E. (2001). Integrating leadership styles and ethical perspectives. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 18(4), 244-256.
  • Baumrind, D. (1971). Current patterns of parental authority. Developmental Psychology, 4(1. Pt.2), 1-103. doi:10.1037/h0030372
  • Boesche, R. (2002). Moderate Machiavelli? Contrasting The Prince with the Arthashastra of Kautilya. Critical Horizons (Brill Academic Publishers), 3(2), 253-276. doi:10.1163/156851602760586671
  • Bowlby, J. (1982). Attachment and loss (2 ed.). New York NY
  • Brown, M. E., & Mitchell, M. S. (2010). Ethical and unethical leadership: Exploring new avenues for future research. Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(4), 583-616.

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