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IND501: Ethical Leadership

Example 1: Searching for a code of ethics in your discipline

There are many concentrations within the broader disciplines covered in this course (business, criminal justice, cybersecurity, health sciences, and public administration). You'll first want to think about what specific area of your discipline you are interested in researching. Let's take business as an example. There are many smaller disciplines within the broader discipline of business, and many different types of businesses. Therefore, a business student needs to first narrow down which area of business they are interested in (accounting, human resources, financial planning, marketing, etc.).

Most disciplines have a professional organization, i.e. the governing body that sets standards for appropriate professional behavior. These standards are often referred to as the the code of ethics or code of conduct for the discipline. Professionals who join the organization must agree to abide by the code of ethics for their field. A professional organization's website is generally the best place to look for their codes of ethics.

Therefore, using Google (or your preferred search engine) to search for *specific discipline* and code of ethics is a good first step. Here are a couple business examples. Notice that I've chosen specific disciplines within business (HR and marketing). Try this same strategy for your own field.

Example 2: Finding ethical codes of conduct on the websites of professional associations in your discipline

Frequently, the best place to look for professional documents such as a professional code of ethics is on the websites of large professional associations in your field. For instance, NAHQ, National Association for Healthcare Quality, is an important profession organization for healthcare professionals. The NAHQ website is listed on the Health Care tab in the Selection of Professional Organizations by Discipline box, below.

Click the tab for your discipline to explore the websites of professional associations in your field. You can browse the site to see if it includes a code of ethics or you can use Google (or your preferred search engine) to search for *name of the association* and code of ethics. Here are a few examples:

Selection of Professional Organizations by Discipline