Publication Date

Fall 2016


[Excerpt] When Wells Fargo made headlines this year for illegally opening 2 million fake accounts on behalf of unknowing customers, they exposed a corporate culture that not only ignored wrongdoing, but also actively promoted ethical misconduct. While the full extent of the corruption will yet be revealed, Wells Fargo nonetheless joins a long list of recent commercial scandals that have all but shattered public trust in corporate America.

High profile businesses are not the only ones susceptible to unethical practices. The Ethics Resource Center’s 2013 National Business Ethics Survey conservatively estimates that 41% of U.S. workers observed unethical or illegal misconduct in the past year. Other estimates place that number as high as 74%. Either way, the results are eye opening. With the rate of immorality among organizations so high, one may ask the following: How do you change an unethical culture into an ethical culture?

By outlining key strategies and tools, this report will show HR professionals and business leaders alike how they can achieve ethical realignment for their organization.


Suggested Citation
Bramwell, S. (2016). Ethical change management. Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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