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.  

If you don’t find what you need here, consider researching the topic, developing content and submitting it for inclusion in Ethics Resources.

Membership Benefit

Access to most content is a benefit of membership. PMI region mentors and chapter leaders can visit the Marketing Portal for additional content that can be used at member events.

Ethics in Project Management Toolkit

These tools will help project leaders better understand ethics and professional conduct. Toolkit content can be used by individuals and groups. All tools contain instructions and supplemental guidance so they can be used most effectively.

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Research Project White Paper

A research project sought to find out if there are globally shared ethical values, or if values and ethics are shaped by factors such as age, gender, culture, role, education and industry.

Read a white paper on the findings of this research

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…

  • Ethics, Culture and Project Management in 21st-Century Organizations

    By Jose A. LugoSantiago, ASQ CMQ/OE, LSSMBB, PMP A common, shared ethic can close the generational gap and aid in team integration, but the complex business environment necessitates an approach to ethics founded on culture. The catalyst for that…

  • Contributing Factors to Ethical Violations: What Makes Otherwise Ethical Project Managers Make Poor Decisions

    By Gary Hamilton A common understanding of what is ethical is necessary in all organizations, as each professional operates within the accepted boundaries. Understand the three drivers that can lead to unethical…

  • Fostering Ethics in Organizational Culture

    By Alankar Karpe Organizations rarely address how their employees should assess the ethics of their actions and incorporate ethical choices into their decisions. This can only be resolved by creating and maintaining…

  • Rules of Considerate Conduct and the Aspirational Standards of the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

    By Katherine Holderbaum The aspirational standards of the “PMI Code of Ethics” provide practitioners with the “what” of professional and socially responsible conduct. Applying Forni’s Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five…

  • I’m Ethical…Are You? It Depends on How You Look At It

    By Michael O'Brochta, PMI-ACP, PMP How people look at ethics is very much influenced by what life experiences they have had, what values they have adopted, what culture they have adopted, what their religious views are, what…

Insight Team is an Ethics Resource

Please contact the Ethics Insight Team with questions, concerns or useful ideas. Email us at [email protected]

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 15 languages. See these key resources.