Promoting ethical behaviour and preventing wrongdoing in organisations: A rapid evidence assessment

Almuth McDowall, Paul Quinton, David Brown, Indira Carr, Emily Glorney, Sophie Russell, Natasha Bharj, Robert A. Nash, Adrian Coyle

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This Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA), based on 57 studies carried out in policing and
other professions, aimed to identify interventions, mechanisms and levers that might
encourage ethical behaviour and prevent wrongdoing in organisations. Taken together, the
evidence raises a number of possibilities for organisations for action, though no readymade single solution was identified. The importance of strong and effective leadership –
such as leaders being open, acting as role models, and also being ‘firm’ in terms of setting
and enforcing standards – was highlighted as encouraging ethical behaviour, as well as
being an essential ingredient for the successful implementation of interventions. Promising
interventions tended to be broadly preventive or remedial in their approach, rather than
focused on apprehending and disciplining those responsible for wrongdoing.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages56
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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