D.B.A. Baker College (Michigan), 2016.
Specialization: Business administration; Ethics; Public administration
Best practices for ethical improvements in local government
171 pages. UMI #: 10133012
Citation, Abstract & Full text in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database
Unethical behavior by public employees erodes trust and threatens organizational efficiency. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to develop a better understanding of how internal and external influences affect the ability of administrators to achieve ethical improvements in county government. This research is important because it can be used to improve ethical practices in county governments as well as other industries. The study was based on ethics, public administration, and accountability theories. Research questions addressed the effect of internal and external influences on administrators’ actions, how administrators identify and correct ethical problems in their organizations, and how ethical improvements in six key areas affect accountability to stakeholders. Data collection was based on in-depth, semi structured interviews using open-ended questions. A purposive sample of administrators in county government participated in interviews. Interview data were electronically recorded and transcribed. Key findings from the study include: