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Journal of Business Ethics Education

Volume 10, 2013

R. Greg Bell, K. Matthew Gilley, John Médaille
Pages 261-274
DOI: 10.5840/jbee20131013

Ethics and Institutions: Taking a Closer Look at Rewards

The ethical culture of any organization is not simply a reflection of its mission statement or even its code of conduct. Rather, the real ethics of institutions are often embedded in their reward systems. We suggest how ethics professors can lead students to develop a greater understanding of rewards by providing a review of various forms of organizational rewards. We also offer insights into how professors can compare reward systems in their classes. We conclude by addressing a number of pedagogical approaches that are useful in equipping ethics students with awareness and understanding of reward systems’ power and influence on employee attitudes and behaviors surrounding ethical decision making.

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