The Chief Ethics Officer

The Chief Ethics Officer

Assignment Overview

In this assignment, you will be asked to consider the role of organizational leaders with respect to ensuring companies work to create an ethical workplace culture. It is important for all upper-level leaders to ‘walk the talk’ so to speak. In addition, many larger companies have a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer who provides leadership and oversight to the company’s business ethics-related endeavors. Recall that Lockheed Martin has such an executive-level position. However, not all companies have such a position. In this assignment, you will be asked to discuss the contributions of executive leaders and of the Ethics Officer with respect to building an organization that values workplace ethics.

  1. What do you believe are the most important characteristics of ethical leadership?
  2. Describe the relationship between the ethical leader and the follower.
  3. Why is this relationship important for organizations that are attempting to do the right thing?
  4. Based on your readings (both the articles provided and Terris’ text), what is the role of the Chief Ethics Officer, and how does the role of this person relate to the success of the ethics-related endeavors within large organizations?

Assignment Expectations

Your paper should be 2–3 pages, double-spaced, and in 12-point type size.

Your paper should have a separate cover page and a separate reference page. Make sure you cite your sources.

Use APA style, and proofread your paper.

Upload your paper by the end of the module.

Terris, D. (2013). Ethics at work: Creating virtue at an American corporation. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press. Retrieved from the Trident Online Library.

For your SLP assignment, please read the following article.

Gnazzo, P. J. (2011). The chief ethics and compliance officer: A test of endurance. Business & Society Review (00453609)116(4). Retrieved from the Trident Online Library.

Also, please spend some time researching other sources to help you develop your key arguments.

Mihelic, K. K., Lipicnik, B., & Tekavcic, M., (2010). Ethical leadershipInternational Journal of Management and Information Systems, 14(5), 31-41. Retrieved from the Trident Online Library.

Oates, V., & Dalmau, T. (2013). Instilling ethical leadership. Accountancy SA, 38-41. Retrieved from the Trident Online Library.

Cavico, F. J., & Mujtaba, B. G. (2017). Wells Fargo’s fake accounts scandal and its legal and ethical implications for managementS.A.M. Advanced Management Journal, 82(2), 4-19.

Venezia, C. C., Venezia, G., Cavico, F. J., & Mujtaba, B. G. (2011). Is ethics education necessary? A comparative study of moral cognizance in Taiwan and the United States. The International Business & Economics Research Journal, 10(3), 17-28.

The following tutorial provides detailed information that can be applied to the topics of this course. There are a number of videos and lessons on ethics.


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The Chief Ethics Officer

Leadership is important in the success of an organization’s ethical program. According to Gnazzo (2011), the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) has become an increasingly important role in the organization. It is most important when the CECO function is a senior position reporting to the Board of Directors to uphold…


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