Date of Conferral
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Organizational leaders face challenges related to implementing ethical standards, which influence performance, organization sustainability, and culture. The purpose of this single case study was to explore ethics strategies that health care business leaders used to improve employees' ethical conduct. Data were collected through face-to-face, semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 7 business leaders of a health care organization located in central Georgia and a review of organization documents. The conceptual framework was Brady's Janus-headed model of ethical theory. Using a priori coding during the data analysis process provided 3 thematic categories: policy strategies for the improvement of employee ethical conduct, ethics strategies used to address employee unethical conduct, and strategies to overcome barriers of strategy implementation. Themes that emerged from the data were accountability and responsibility, leadership development, escalating behaviors, and adapting to change. The findings from this study might contribute to social change by providing information about ethical strategies leaders used to improve employee ethical conduct, which can be used to influence individuals' livelihood, stakeholders' comfort level, and the well-being of the community.