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Professional Moral Courage to Combat Ethical Challenges in the Workplace


  • Sharma, Ekta


"Ethics" has been considered one of the most important and desired professional competence amongst the Workforce. The organizations prefer employees who have courage to deal with ethical issues. But unfortunately, the scams and scandals across the Globe is the loud evidence of lack of Professional moral courage (PMC) amongst employees. The lack of PMC causes moral distress due to value-conflict, impacting the employee's efficiency. The current paper intends to analyze the validity of the Professional Moral Courage scale in the Indian context and to identify the Professional Moral Courage of the Indian professionals and also the impact of Individual's Personality, age, gender and the type of organization on Professional Moral Courage. The findings reveal that the personality has impact on professional moral courage and hence to enhance it, the interventions to modify personality aspects like 'openness' is the key. The study is the first research on 'Professional Moral courage' in Indian context.

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  • Sharma, Ekta, 2018. "Professional Moral Courage to Combat Ethical Challenges in the Workplace," International Journal of Development and Conflict, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, vol. 8(1), pages 31-45.
  • Handle: RePEc:gok:ijdcv1:v:8:y:2018:i:1:p:31-45

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    1. Leslie Sekerka & Richard Bagozzi & Richard Charnigo, 2009. "Facing Ethical Challenges in the Workplace: Conceptualizing and Measuring Professional Moral Courage," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 89(4), pages 565-579, November.
    2. Baqutayan, Shadiya Mohamed Saleh & Tabrizi, Mohammad Reza Faraj & Minavand, Hadi, 2014. "Is workplace conflict costly? An international case study of conflict and stress among project managers," International Journal of Development and Conflict, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, vol. 4(1), pages 49-59.
    3. Moberg, Dennis J., 1999. "The Big Five and Organizational Virtue," Business Ethics Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, vol. 9(2), pages 245-272, April.
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