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(Un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in Universities: Academic leaders' perceptions


Ehrich, LC and Cranston, N and Kimber, M and Starr, K, (Un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in Universities: Academic leaders' perceptions, International Studies in Educational Administration, 40, (2) pp. 99-114. ISSN 1324-1702 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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In this paper, we report on the qualitative component of a study that explored middle level academic leaders' experiences of (un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in their daily work. An electronic survey was distributed to academic leaders from universities across three Australian states. There are three major findings in this study. First, the messy context of universities is providing a fertile ground for ethical dilemmas to flourish. Second, the two main categories of unethical practices identified by participants were academic dishonesty and inappropriate behaviour towards staff and students. Third, the ethical dilemmas that emerged focused on the academic leaders' strong sense of professional ethics that were in conflict with an ethic of care, supervisors' directives, and the rules and policies of the organisation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Cranston, N (Professor Neil Cranston)
ID Code:80567
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-11-02
Last Modified:2016-10-26
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