Thearticle “Anexamination of the effects of leadership on business ethics:empirical study” by Chekwa and colleaguesseeks to identify the effects of leadership on ethical behaviorwithin an educated workforce. The paper identifies the problem inorganizational ethical behavior and leadership by noting that ethicalcodes of conduct set by organizations or organizational leadershipsetting an example of ethical behavior do not necessarily result toethical organizational behavior. This relationship is more complex.To understand this complex relationship, the study uses a qualitativeapproach which suits it well as it can capture complexities ofemergent and evolving phenomena (Birkinshaw 2011). Any alternativemethodology, in this case quantitative, could not suit the study.However, Doz (2011) notes that majority of business research hasemployed quantitative and case study approaches which might notcapture the bigger picture or results that can be adapted across thefield. The research methodology and design employed involved onlinesurveys on a relatively small sample of 21 respondents. Ordinarily,online surveys have the potential to target many respondents due toease in distribution and lower costs. However, sensitivity of thetopic and motivation influences response or willingness toparticipate (Albaum, Roster & Smith, 2014). In this currentresearch, the small sample weakens the results and the fact that theresearchers did not explore fully the motivations for participationcould influence the findings.
Thefindings from the study are very relevant and important to the fieldof organizational management. The paper indicates that ethicalbehavior in the workplace is not a one-dimensional issue to bepursued only through the leadership demonstrating ethical behavior orstrict codes of conduct. All in all the study highlights theimportance of leaders leading by example but offer inconclusiveresults as other variables not examined are shown to play asignificant role in influencing ethical behavior. By demonstratingthat ethical conduct by leaders influences organizational ethicalbehavior, the study thus compels today’s business leaders to beethical before demanding the same from their subordinates.
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