Ethics Management

Auditing and Developing the Ethical Content of Organizations

  • Muel Kaptein

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Muel Kaptein
      Pages 1-9
  3. Defining the Ethical Content

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
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      Pages 13-30
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      Pages 31-45
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  4. Auditing the Ethical Content

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Muel Kaptein
      Pages 67-117
    3. Muel Kaptein
      Pages 119-141
  5. Developing the Ethical Content

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Muel Kaptein
      Pages 145-162
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      Pages 163-194
    4. Muel Kaptein
      Pages 195-199
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-229

About this book


  • Why is ethics important to organizations?
  • What are the characteristics of an ethical organization?
  • How can we audit the ethics of an organization?
  • What measures and activities stimulate the ethical development of organizations?

This book addresses these questions.
It is easier to say that ethics is necessary than to tell how to organize ethics. This book provides a fundamental and coherent vision on how ethics can be organized in a focused way. This study examines the assumptions for organizing ethics, the pitfalls and phases of such a process, the parts of an ethics audit and the great variety of measures.
The methods and insights illustrated in this book are based partially on practical research. One of these methods, the Ethics Thermometer, was based on more than 150 interviews at various organizations. The Ethics Thermometer has been applied in a great variety of profit and not-for-profit organizations in order to measure an organization's perceived context, conduct and consequences.
This book will be important to scholars in the field of business ethics, as well as to managers and practitioners. For scholars, this study provides general knowledge about auditing and developing the ethics of an organization. A summary is given of the criteria by which the ethical content of an organization can be measured. For managers and practitioners, this study provides concrete suggestions for safeguarding and improving ethics within their organizations.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Muel Kaptein
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.KPMG Integrity ConsultingAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-5096-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4978-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-6733
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