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Ethics, values and behaviours: Comparison of three case studies examining the paucity of leadership in government

Kakabadse, A. P., Kakabadse, N. K. and Kouzmin, A. (2003) Ethics, values and behaviours: Comparison of three case studies examining the paucity of leadership in government. Public Administration. 81(3), pp. 477-508. 0033-3298.

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Abstract: Three societies with similar initiatives for public service re-configuration and reform – the UK, Canada and Australia – are examined to highlight the many-faceted issues of public service ethics and the different approaches these governments have taken to re-building public trust and enhancing public service ethics in times of rapid change. These efforts for re-building an ethical public service are scrutinized according to four criteria for effectively leading change. Changes of public service values are also analysed as well as their implications for public servants. Effectively, applied leadership is identified as the pillar of ethical practice – emphasizing the need for quality leadership development through on-the-job experience. Although legislation and codification are seen as necessary for building an ethical infrastructure that can help employees out of encountered dilemmas, the way forward is seen as nurturing an environment of trust and vigilance in which ethics are promoted through exemplary behaviour of leaders and employees alike.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD57.7 Leadership
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5387 Business ethics
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
Creators: Kakabadse, Andrew P, Kakabadse, Nada K and Kouzmin, Alexander
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law > Business and International Management (to 2010)
Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > International Strategy & Business
Date: 1 September 2003
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 477-508
Journal or Publication Title: Public Administration
Volume: 81
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0033-3298
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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