Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A case study examining ethics training within an award-winning federal agency
by Ponder, Brenda Elizabeth, Ph.D., University of Phoenix, 2015, 127; 3731430
Abstract (Summary)

The ethics training program of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Alaska District, a recipient of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) 2010 Education and Communication Award, was studied to determine if the training fostered employee awareness of unethical situations within the workplace. The study fills a gap in scholarly literature in that never before had a peer-review study been done to examine how ethics training fosters awareness within an award-winning federal agency. The method and design used for collecting the data was the qualitative exploratory case study. Seven data sources were analyzed using NVivo 10 ® software and Microsoft Excel and conclusions drawn by use of data source triangulation. Two primary data sources used were responses from two sets of interview questions: one set with 15 employees and another set with two ethics training coordinators. The other five sources of data evidence used were the OGE 2009 Education and Commission Awards Announcement, the OGE 2009 Education and Communication Award Application Form submitted by Alaska District to OGE, samples of the Ethics Monthly Treats, and comments made by the interviewees on the 2-minute ethics video (Secret Ethics Man), and brownbag lunches. The framework for this study was Gagne’s theoretical instructional design model. The three emerging themes were: ethics information was distributed frequently, innovative delivery methods, and content of ethics instruction. The results of the study indicate that the design, delivery, and components of the training program may have been effective in fostering employee awareness of unethical situations within the workplace.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Pearl
Commitee: Laviolette, Bruce, Polding, Brian
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Instructional Design, Management
Keywords: Alaska district, Army corps of engineer, Ethics, Ethics training, Federal agency, Leadership
Publication Number: 3731430
ISBN: 9781339178295
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