The Sixth Issue – Professional and Business Ethics

The Sixth Issue – Professional and Business Ethics

The theme of the Sixth Issue Professional and Business Ethics

Professional and business ethics: is it a grey area? Is ethical behaviour a clear-cut thing?
What does ethical behaviour look like and what impact does it have on organizational culture and behaviours? Does it always start at the top?
 
As regular readers of the AIB Review know, in each of our quarterly issues we focus our content on an issue or concern that is topical and relevant to the business community in particular, and society more broadly. Every quarter we identify the theme for the next Issue by asking ourselves ‘what’s going on right now that is top of people’s minds that we should all be thinking about, and that is relevant to all of our disciplines?’

We’re delighted to see contributions increasing all the time from right across our academic community, including our postgraduate research candidates and alumni. When we see articles literally flooding in, we know that we’ve hit a nerve and that there is something important to be said on the topic of professional and business ethics.

Thanks to our wonderful writers, our editor and to readers we know that the AIB Review is contributing to public dialogue meaningfully. Enjoy – and please do post comments!

Fake it until you make it – Ethical Considerations in Innovation

Amanda MacKinnell, DBA Candidate.

Dr Mohsen Varsei, Discipline Leader and Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Sometimes, there is a fine line between what we claim we can do, and what we actually can do. This article explores the ethical dimensions of risking other people’s money in seeking venture capital for start-ups, especially high-tech start-ups where the technology evolves rapidly.

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Integrity And Firm Performance – Only Time Will Tell

Dr Mingwei Sun, Lecturer in Finance, Australian Institute of Business.

What is integrity? This article discusses how this pre-eminent human value matters in ethical business leadership, and how, in the writer’s view, there is no real alternative in the long run

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The ‘bad apples’ among the organizational leaders: Do we know them?

Dr Mamun Ala, Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Kuldeep Kaur, Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Dilraj Wadhwa, Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

The metaphor of the “bad apple” is ingrained in our culture. But what makes a “bad apple” and what are they like as managers and leaders? This article discusses some of the literature on personality traits to find out.

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Is It Ethical for Profitable Businesses to Keep Job Keeper Payments?

Dr Kavita Goel, Discipline Leader – Finance.

Dr Donald Winchester, Senior Lecturer – Finance.

In Australia, there has been considerable debate about Job Keeper – the program set up by the Federal Government to keep employees linked to their employer in the early days of the Covid pandemic. This article discusses the various ethical issues that arise for businesses who benefitted from the scheme but in hindsight did not need it.

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Sustainable Development and Ethics

Sinikinesh Beyene Jimma, Doctoral Research (HDR) Candidate, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Diane Kalendra, Discipline Leader and Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Mohsen Varsei, Discipline Leader and Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Donald Winchester, Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

For truly sustainable development, the poor need to be empowered to negotiate for fair and equitable benefit sharing. This article discusses why Developing countries need to be supported, and local and indigenous communities must be empowered to make choices and decisions on matters that impact their livelihoods and environments.

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The Ethics of Repairability

Dr Mamun Ala, Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business

Dr Sumesh Nair, Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business

To repair or not to repair? This article discusses why this is indeed a major ethical question for our world of increasingly disposable goods.

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Professional And Business Ethics: Private Security in Australia

 John Gellel, Doctoral Candidate, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Donald Winchester, Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

During Covid, the Australian private security industry has been frequently in the news. This article draws on what it means to be a professional in the traditional, “white-collar” sense, and how ethical standards of professionalism have become more relevant than ever to the new demands being placed on this industry.

Read more here.

 

Has Covid Made Organisations More Ethical?

Carlene Boucher, Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Ethics is good for business. While businesses acting poorly make good news stories, businesses acting ethically are less newsworthy. This article seeks to demonstrate that good ethics is good for business.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Use in the Health Care Context: Ethical Challenges and Solutions

Dr Svetlana De Vos, Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Mulyadi Robin, Associate Professor, Australian Institute of Business.

Kathryn Clews, PhD Candidate, Australian Institute of Business.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now a fact of life in many of our daily activities. But, as this article demonstrates, nowhere are the ethical implications as profound as they are in healthcare, where decisions about life and death are involved.

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Gamble Responsibly: Social Responsibility or Ethical Dilemma?

Andrew Licata, Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Just as online gambling raises many ethical issues for provider and consumer alike, so does the marketing of such “entertainment”. This article discusses many of the difficult ethical issues involved, issues which have only become more pressing during extended lockdowns because of Covid.

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The Elusive Business of Ethics

Dr Sumesh Nair, Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Tareq Rasul Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Dr Samaneh Soleimani, Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Ethics is both an ancient and a complex topic, studied over the centuries by many eminent thinkers. This article discusses some important aspects of ethics as understood by various writers, and shows how to apply such insights in the world of business.

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Do Ethics Matter in International Business Diplomacy? A Look at Australia and the AUKUS Alliance

Parth Patel, Lecturer, Australian Institute of Business.

Arijit De, University of Manchester

International diplomacy is a fact of life in a globalised world, with ongoing implications for international business. This article discusses some of the issues that arise when the two intersect, with particular focus on Australia’s relationship with France in light of the AUKUS alliance.

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The New Ethics of Banking Technology

Bernard Perchman, AIB MBA Graduate.

It is not surprising to learn that the banking industry is one of the largest consumers of sophisticated Information Technology. This article examines some of the ethical dimensions of such IT use in light of the guidelines recommended by the recent Australian Royal Commission into the Banking Industry.

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Making Ethics Profitable

Michelle Peatman, MBA Graduate, Australian Institute of Business

What does ethics have to do with employee engagement? Everything, as this article discusses in convincing detail.

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