Ethics and Culture in Organizations

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This subject looks at the at the central role of ethics, culture and associated outcomes such as CSR, sustainability and the 'triple bottom line', in successful organizations.

Topics included in ethics and culture in organizations:

- The Importance of Ethics in Governance
- The Culture of Organizations
- Useful External Web-links & Resources.

Other related sections of the PMKI:

- Personal Ethics & Sustainability 
- The Evolution of Governance & Ethics



The Importance of Ethics in Governance

The central role of ethics, including culture, social responsibility and associated outcomes such as CSR, sustainability and the 'triple bottom line', in effective governance.

Blg: The moral underpinnings of good policy. The relationship between morals, ethics, values, principles and policies.

Art: Ethics, Integrity and Governance. Different ethical approaches and how they effect good governance.

Blg: Practical Ethics. Blind trust in the ethical standards of others is dangerous. The role of ethical leaders is first to set the ethical standards, and then implement systems that require their followers to conform.

Blg: Practical Ethics 2. The ethical standards of an organization are set by the actions of its leaders (not what they say). What they do sets the ceiling and what they tolerate in others the floor.

Blg: Governance and ethics. A toxic culture and poor ethics will trump good intentions every time; an update of the CBA and FIFA scandals.

Blg: The value of Practical Wisdom in organizational governance. Sufficient freedom is needed to allow people to apply practical wisdom to achieve the strategic objectives of the organization.

WP: The Value of Trust. Trust is a key element in the effective management of project teams and contracts. High levels of trust speeds up decisions and lowers costs.

Art: Sustainable project management. Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and 'Green Project Management' to enhance your project's 'triple bottom line'.

See more on the evolution of ethics.



The Culture of Organizations

Organizational culture, and how this impacts the governance and management of projects, programs and portfolios.

Art: Measuring Culture. The culture of an organization or team is a key determinant of success and an important measure of effective governance - this article suggests ways to measure culture.

Art: Ethics is not enough. Recent cladding fires demonstrate that achieving reliable quality standards needs more than simply relying on the ethical standards of everyone in the supply chain - the supply system needs to actively support ethical standards to ensure the defined scope is delivered.

Art: Is project management a standard process or a cultural process? Project processes have to be effective within the culture of the organization undertaking the work of the project. This article suggests change is needed, one-size does not 'fit all'.

Art: ‘Not knowing’ is no longer an option. Ethical governance and management requires timely access to ACCURATE information. Ensuring the information used to manage the organization is ACCURATE is an ethical responsibility.

PP: Advancing Project Management in Learning Organizations. Successful completion of a project depends on both ‘hard’ skills and ‘soft’ skills supported by the ability to tap into the organization's power structures. See also: PP: Tapping the Power Lines (how to connect to this organizational influence grid).

PP: The Paradox of Project Control in a Matrix Organization. The ‘zone’ between the strategic vision set by senior management and the projects created to fulfil it, is a highly complex, dynamic and complex organism. A paradigm shift in management thinking needed to succeed in managing projects across the ‘zone’. See also: Blg: Disappearing into the Zone.



Useful External Web-links & Resources

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