Ethics Resources

Ethical decision making is a critical quality of leaders who foster high performance. Because many project managers have created thoughtful content and sought answers to common project dilemmas, we have a wealth of resources to offer.  

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From the Board

PMI Board of Directors members Cecil White, EdD, MBA, PMP and Mark Dickson, MBA, FAICD, PMP talk to PMI Today® about our Code of Ethics and Ethical Decision-Making Framework, a tool for working through dilemmas. They also discuss the connection of ethical practices and risk management.

Ethics importance from the board

Ethics Training courses

Ethics is part of the leadership leg of the PMI Talent Triangle (TM). Strengthen your leadership performance when you increase your knowledge of ethical conduct and your skill in addressing ethical dilemmas.

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Ethics Articles

  • Being Ethical is Profitable

    By Alankar Karpe, PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group Some companies falsely believe that being ethical is an expensive practice that causes an organization to forego profits. In fact, ethics is about following what is right for society, customers and…

  • The leader's choice--five steps to ethical decision making

    By O'Brochta, Michael | Meloni, Giusi | Raghupathy, Shobhna | Pfeiffer, Peter | Taylor, Marty Making ethical decisions when confronted with a dilemma is a key to success along the project leadership journey. Using a framework to guide those decisions can be crucial to advancing project…

  • Ethics and the virtual project manager

    By Curlee, Wanda Project teams often adopt the behavior demonstrated by their project managers. Because of this, project managers should outline--particularly for virtual project teams--a code of expected conduct.…

  • Your best asset registered user content locked

    By Bucero, Alfonso Professional credibility is earned, not freely given. And for project managers, professional credibility--the respect and trust they earn from their peers, superiors, and clients--is essential for…

  • Project Ethics More than You Can Imagine

    By Matthew D. Gonzalez Read about real ethical dilemmas that occurred in the trenches of project management practice.

  • Management of ethics in foreign contracting

    By Collins, Sheril Douglas Be damned if you do, be damned if you don't; this describes the dilemma that foreign projects face. Foreign projects can test the level of ethical operations being applied and, thusly, the moral…

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Ethics Code and Ethical Decision-Making Framework

Our Code guides ethical behavior and our Framework helps you make ethical choices when faced with a dilemma — available in 11 languages. See these key resources.


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