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Conflict Of Interest: Organizational Vs. Executive Ethics In Health Care

Author: CAROLE L. JURKIEWICZ and CAROLYN R. THOMPSON
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 23 No. 1

This survey of 207 senior- and mid-level administrators from across the U.S. details
the surprising level and type of ethical conflicts and unethical practices they face on
the job and how their organizations create and respond to these challenges. The
findings suggest widespread ethical conflict caused by situational and environmental
factors, financial incentives, boards of directors, and stakeholder pressure. Particu-
larly poignant is the apparent inability of executives to alter the ethical environment.
Substantial differences were found between nonprofit and proprietary sector admin-
istrators as well as gender and age groups.

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