The role of human resources in ethics/compliance management: A fairness perspective

Gary R. Weaver, Linda Klebe Treviño

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Many large corporations now have formal programs for managing ethical behavior and legal compliance. But the often minor role of human resources (HR) in companies' ethics management efforts is problematic. This is because ethics management efforts are likely to raise questions of fairness, and trigger a fairness heuristic among employees that can generate important outcomes for the ethics program specifically and the organization generally. Relying on research on fairness in organizations and corporate ethics practices, we explain why the extensive involvement of HR in corporate ethics programs is important to the perceived fairness, and thus the likely outcomes (e.g., employee commitment), of those programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-134
Number of pages22
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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