The relationship between managerial ethical profiles (MEP) and individual, organisational and external factors influencing the ethical decision-making of healthcare managers in Australia

Casali, Gian Luca (2008) The relationship between managerial ethical profiles (MEP) and individual, organisational and external factors influencing the ethical decision-making of healthcare managers in Australia. In 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008 : Managing in the Pacific Century, 2 – 5 December, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Whether the community is looking for “scapegoats” to blame or seeking more radical and deeper causes, healthcare managers are in the firing line whenever there are woes in the healthcare sector. The public has a right to question whether ethics have much influence on the everyday decision making of healthcare managers. This paper reports on the findings of empirical research conducted on the influence of ethics and other factors on the decision making of 441 health care managers in Australia. Results from this study indicate that healthcare managers in Australia draw on a range of ethical frameworks in their everyday decision making, which in this study form the basis of five corresponding managerial ethical profiles: knights, guardian angels, duty-followers, defenders and chameleons. Results from the study also indicate that the range of individual, organisational and external factors influencing decision making can be grouped into three major clusters or functions. Crossreferencing these functions and other demographic data to the managerial ethics profiles provides further analytical insight in to the characteristics of the managerial ethical profiles. Summarizing, as they do, existing strengths and weaknesses in managerial ethical decision making, identifying these profiles not only can contribute to increasing organisational knowledge and self-awareness, but also has clear implications for the design and implementation of ethics education and training in large scale organisations such as health care systems.

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ID Code: 17177
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ethical Profiles, Managers, Decision-making, Healthcare, Ethics
ISBN: 186308-148-8
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2009 03:55
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:45

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