Ethics management in municipal governments and large firms: Exploring Similarities and Differences

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This study compares the ethics management strategies of large cities and firms with the purpose of examining whether public-private sector differences that have been hypothesized in the literature are reflected in ethics management practices. The findings suggest that differences between the public and private sectors are minimal; however, cities use more regulatory-based strategies, and large firms use code-based strategies. Moral leadership by senior managers is the most important strategy for improving ethics in both sectors. Concerns about litigation, public complaints, and promoting good public relations are important reasons driving concern with ethics in both cities and firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-203
Number of pages19
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994


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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Marketing
  • Public Administration

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