Designing Ethical Programs within Organizations Using Theory and Research
Enoch Osei

The paper discusses the importance of applying theory to practice. There are many that believe that theory remain in the academic field and theory and research have no linkage. There are ongoing debates on what constitutes theory and a number of theorists are using categorizations and classifications systems in describing types of theory within its purpose, functions and goals. Practice cannot survive without theory and vice versa. Understanding how theory can be linked to practice is vital for researchers and corporate executives that make key decision within their organizations. A unifying theory is important to explain those variables management use to emphasize ethics, compliance and legality in their decision making. Theories underpin certain values and must be given serious considerations during the developmental stage of a firm’s ethics and compliance programs.

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