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Promoting ethical behaviour and preventing wrongdoing in organisations: A rapid evidence assessment

McDowall, A, Quinton, P, Brown, D, Carr, I, Glorney, E, Russell, S, Bharj, N, Nash, R and Coyle, A (2015) Promoting ethical behaviour and preventing wrongdoing in organisations: A rapid evidence assessment [Report]

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This report summarises the findings of an REA, the aim of which was to identify interventions, mechanisms and levers that might help to encourage ethical behaviour and prevent wrongdoing in organisations (i.e. comply with common professional standards or ethical principles). This review builds on the separate REA carried out by the College on the impact of codes of ethics on professional behaviour (see Brown 2014). The REA is based on a total of 57 studies carried out in policing and other professions. The review used a clear protocol to search for, sift and bring together the most relevant research papers. It reports 39 studies identified by this method, plus an additional 18 studies identified by the College of Policing or at peer review. While it was difficult to draw out overall conclusions from the literature, because the studies included in the review used a wide range of research methods to answer different questions in a variety of settings, the key findings are highlighted below. Evidence from existing systematic reviews is presented separately to that from single studies and case studies.

Item Type: Report
Subjects : Law
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Quinton, P
Brown, D
Russell, S
Bharj, N
Date : 2015
Copyright Disclaimer : © College of Policing Limited (2015). This publication is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 except where otherwise stated. To view this licence, visit, or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or email:
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:39
Last Modified : 23 Jan 2020 10:45

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