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Title: The Dark Side of Leadership: How Ineffective Training and Poor Ethics Education Trigger Unethical Behaviour?
Authors: Benlahcene, A. 
Saoula, O. 
Jaganathan, M. 
Ramdani, A. 
AlQershi, N. A. 
Keywords: ethics training;ethics education;unethical leadership;public companies
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Journal: Frontiers in psychology 
Introduction: The challenge of restricting unethical behavior requires public companies to reinforce ethical practices among leaders through various instruments. Previous research suggests that the (un)ethical behavior of leaders can be influenced by many situational factors. This study aimed to investigate the influence of ethics training and education on unethical leadership behavior in the Algerian public companies. Methods: Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 15 leaders from public companies in Algeria. Data analysis was facilitated using ATLAS. ti 8 qualitative analysis software. Results: The findings show that public companies in Algeria suffer from several issues related to leaders’ ethics training and education. The findings also indicate that some of these unethical leadership behaviors are the result of ineffective training programs and poor ethics education within public companies. Discussion: The absence or ineffectiveness of ethics training and education within and outside organizational settings has a detrimental impact on leaders’ ethical character. This study is the first to explore how public companies in Algeria engage in ethical training and leadership education. The different sectors of the Algerian business can use the findings as a point of reference to embed the appropriate ethical climate in their respective organizations.
Web of Science / Scopus
ISSN: 16641078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1063735
Appears in Collections:Malaysia Graduate School of Entrepreneurship and Business - Journal (Scopus/WOS)

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