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Individual Ethical Orientations, Ethical Sensitivity And Professional Conduct Of Academic Staff In Universities In Uganda

Sheila Namagembe1 and Joseph M. Ntayi 2
1 Makerere University Business school
Abstract :

Professional conduct of academic staff has become to be a major area of concern. The professional behavior of academic staff in universities in Uganda is influenced by a number of factors. Individual ethical orientation and ethical sensitivity are some of the factors that affect the professional conduct of academic staff in Uganda. This study attempts to study the relationship between individual ethical orientations, ethical sensitivity and the professional behavior of academic staff in Universities in Uganda. Individual ethical orientations and ethical sensitivity are important because they do determine the behavior of academic staff. The research was based on academic staff in universities in Uganda. A Sample of 300 was taken composed of academic staff in these institutions. A survey questionnaire was used which was adopted from those used by previous scholars and was modified to suit the local setting. A response rate of 73% was achieved. The study established that individual ethical orientation explained 42 % of the variation in the professional conduct of academic staff and ethical sensitivity explained 49% of the variation in the professional behavior of academic staff. According to the results, when ethical sensitivity was introduced the beta coeffients for individual ethical orientation dropped from 0.32 to 0.20. These results raise implications to the Chancellors and vice challencellors in these Universities. This is the first study to document the effect of individual ethical orientations and ethical sensitivity on the professional behavior of academic staff in Universities in Uganda. Despite the increasing un professional conduct of academic staff in these Universities, the staff concerned with the administrative issues in the universities have neglected the issues of individual ethical orientations and ethical sensitivity which have really promoted un professional conduct among the academic staff. The results indicate that the professional conduct of academic staff is influenced by their individual ethical orientations and ethical sensitivity

Keywords :
individual ethical orientation, Ethical sensitivity, Professional conduct of academic staff, Universities, Uganda

Date Deposited : 24 May 2016 22:48

Last Modified : 24 May 2016 22:48

Official URL: http://www.omicsonline.com/

Volume 1, Number 6, June 2012 , ISSN 2162-6359

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