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Elements of Organizational Structure Supporting Ethical Management of Organizations

Proceeding: 7th International Conference Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES 2019) (IMES)

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Page : 494-504

Keywords : Business ethics; tools of business ethics; ethics program;

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The paper focuses on the usage of the elements of organizational structure supportingthe ethical management of organizations in the Czech entrepreneurial environment. The aim ofthe paper is to perform a pilot study in order to identify the range of these elements oforganizational structure used in companies in the Czech Republic and to verify conditions forfurther research. Design/methodology/approach: To fulfill the aim of the paper a questionnaire form wasapplied among the respondents (N=54) with a response rate of 71.25 %. The data were collectedbetween the 1st of November and the 20th of December 2018. The acquired empirical dataregarding the use of the organizational structure elements in the Czech Republic wereconfronted with theoretical premises from Czech and Slovak literature. Findings: Most of the examined elements of organizational structure supporting ethicalmanagement rarely occur in the Czech entrepreneurial environment. The ombudsman and codeof ethics are the only elements found in the researched environment. Further, it was found thatthe number of employees has an impact on the results. Finally, the opportunities and conditionsfor further research projects were verified. Research/practical implications: The research shows that the elements of organizationalstructure supporting ethical management are established in the Czech entrepreneurialenvironment, especially code of ethics and ombudsman. But there is still a substantial deficit inusing these elements in the Czech entrepreneurial environment compared to their theoreticaldescription in Czech and Slovak scholarly literature. As regards companies, it implies that theuse of these elements can bring them an advantage as their importance felt by participants isrelatively high. Also the pilot study verified that the research intention was well designed forfurther research projects. Originality/value: The main contribution of the paper consists in gaining empirical data aboutthe usage of organizational structure supporting ethical management in the Czechentrepreneurial environment.

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