Ethics in competency models: A framework towards developing ethical behaviour in organisations


Competency models describe desired behaviours, skills, and attributes to facilitate organisational goals' achievement. The primary focus of a competency model is to align individual behaviours to organisationally expected behaviours. Given that employees’ ethical behaviour has become the sine qua non for organisations, it is surprising to see the absence of ethical competency in organisations’ competency models. Based on two separate studies with the heads of HR in Indian and South-East Asian organisations, the present study identified three core reasons for the absence of ethics in competency models (i.e., ideation, conceptualisation, and implementation challenges). Also, the study proposes a framework for fostering ethical behaviour amongst employees. Implications of the research for theory and practice are discussed.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
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College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Aston India Foundation for Applied Research
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Aston University (General)
Additional Information: © 2022 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competency models,Ethical behaviour,Ethical competence,HR framework,Business, Management and Accounting(all),Economics and Econometrics
Publication ISSN: 2212-4446
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022-10-22
Published Online Date: 2022-10-22
Accepted Date: 2022-10-18
Authors: Dutta, Debolina
Mishra, Sushanta Kumar
Budhwar, Pawan (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8915-6172)

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