Title: Ethical values and leadership: a study of business school deans in Canada

Authors: Nick Bontis, Adwoa Mould-Mograbi

Addresses: DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, DSB #207, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4, Canada. ' DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, DSB #207, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4, Canada

Abstract: Ethical leadership in any organisation is expected to come from the top. With business leaders taking a real stand on ethics, it is imperative that business schools instil strong values into their students. Deans of business schools must exhibit these ethical values to provide an example for faculty, students and staff to emulate. This study is an investigation of the ethical values of deans and associate deans in ten business schools in Canada. The results portray the ethical inclination of business school leaders even with substantial monetary gains to be made. The moral climate as a result is discussed to provide further insight into the implications of the ethical values of these deans. Results indicate that although deans in Canadian business schools generally frown upon unethical behaviour, there are some fuzzy instances that still lead to questionable decisions and inconsistencies across the group.

Keywords: business ethics; ethics; values; business schools; deans; leadership; corporate governance; Canada.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBGE.2006.011156

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2006 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.217 - 236

Published online: 19 Oct 2006 *

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