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how global are your ethics?

Until recently ethics was viewed as one of those intangible virtues that was expected to exist in organizations with little conscious effort on the part of its leadership. The recent scandals created by the collapse of three major United States firms, landmark legislation by the United States Congress in 2002, and the resultant impact on the global financial markets, have created a need for agreement on a common set of business values such as honesty, fairness and integrity. This paper seeks to present ethics in a project management context by outlining the need for the determination of organizational integrity; the relationship between organizational integrity and project integrity; the ethical accountability of the project manager; the concept of moral courage; the use of a project code of ethics document; and citing examples of ethical situations and proper ethical behaviors.
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