The Power of Music: Can Music at Work Help to Create more Ethical Organizations?
Music plays an important role in business because it affects consumer behavior. However, companies do not only value music as a tool to engrain their brands in the mind of their customers, they have also discovered the positive effects that music at work can have on employees’ job performance. The challenges of today’s organizations, nevertheless, are manifold and their responsibilities go much further than just to assure some reasonable financial results. Nowadays most stakeholders and customers expect companies to be run ethically and in strict compliance with the law. Today’s leaders need to be equipped with strategies and instruments that ensure ethical behavior within their organizations. In this paper I argue that music can also represent a practical tool to foster ethical conduct at work. Music helps organizations to do good and well.
KeywordsPositive organizational scholarship Organizational behavior Leadership Emotions Music
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of Interest Statement
On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.
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