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This project is a review of Effect of Ethics on Organizational Performance; A Study of Coca-Cola Company Plc Enugu Branch, Nigeria

The Statement of Problem identified were unethical behaviour such as poor attitude to work, poor customer service, poor corporate social responsibility and poor morale value

To meet the general objective, the study will focus on the following specific objectives: to prove that poor attitude to work affects the organization performance of an organization, how poor customer service affects the performance of an organization, to ascertain whether poor corporate social responsibility affects the performance of an organization, to show how poor morale value can lead to low performance of an organization.

The descriptive survey method was used and the research tool was questionnaire. 680 respondents answered the questionnaire. Data analysis using Chi-square formula and presentation was done by the use of tables.

The findings from the study showed mainly that there is evidence to prove that poor morale value can affect the performance of an organization.

Finally, solutions and recommendations were proffered on how the poor morale value of the staffs should be improved to help their productivity by setting company policy. The write up is duly summarized.


Title Page

1.1: Background of the Study
1.2: Statement of the Problem
1.3: Objective of the Study
1.4 Research Questions
1.5: Research Hypotheses
1.5: Significance of Study
1.6: Scope of the Study
1.7: Limitations of the Study

2.1: Meaning of Ethics and Business Ethics
2.2 Classification and Nature of Ethics
2.3: Definition of an Organization
2.4: Organizational Performances
2.5: Factors Affecting Ethics in Organizations
2.6: Effects of Ethics on Organizational Performance

3.0: Research Design
3.1: Area of Study
3.2 Procedure for Data Collection
3.3: Population of the Study
3.4: Sample and Sampling Technique
3.5: Data Collection Instrument
3.6: Validation of Instrument
3.7: Reliability Test

4.1: Presentation of Data
4.2: Analyses of Data

5.1: Summary of Findings
5.2: Recommendations
5.3: Conclusion





As the world is a global village, businesses are becoming more competive; and more business organizations are adapting to practices, that will give them an edge over their competitions. Organizations strive to adopt business ethics/code of conduct that will not only be responsive to the internal business environment, external business environment which is beyond the organization’s control. 
These organizational controls can be seen as the factors that help improve the growth and development of the organization. These controls are in view of ethics which is a measure against misconduct in an organization.

A popular and simple of view of ethics is “how things are done around here “. For example, Atkinson explains organizational ethics as reflecting the underlying assumptions about the way work is performed; what is acceptable and not acceptable, and what behaviour and actions are encouraged and discouraged. The ethics of an organization is also often likened to the personality of an individual.

Maddux and Maddux (1989:5) observe, “Ethics is the name we give to our concern for good behaviours. We feel an obligation to consider not only our own personal wellbeing, but also of others and human society as a whole”.

The performance of many organizations has been impaired due to non-adherence to ethics in the course of their operations. Such ethical issue have bordered on factors such as:

The timely and positive effort in handling human problems at the executive level will make for good ethics or reconciliation of the organizational and employee goals. poor attitude to work, poor customer appreciation, lack of respect to constituted authority, stealing or conversion and failure to accept responsibility are major ethical issues in managing an organization.

The result of this poor attitude to work in an organization is the reason for constant dwindling of management and poor performance in organizations (Onodugo, 2008). It is sad to note that the typical work attitude of an average Nigerian worker is largely anything near what will turn around the organization.

An attitude can broadly be defined as a settled mode of thinking. Attitudes are evaluative. As described by Makin et al (1996), ‘Any attitude contains an assessment of whether the object to which it refers is liked or disliked.’ Attitudes are developed through experience but they are less stable than traits and can change as new experiences are gained or influences absorbed. Within organizations they are affected by cultural factors (values and norms), the behaviour of management (management style), policies such as those concerned with pay, recognition, promotion and the quality of working life, and the influence of the ‘reference group’ (the group with whom people identify).

Williams et al (1989) is of the opinion that an organization exists primarily to serve the needs of its members and customer. This objective which helps in improving organizational performance is defeated when the customers are badly served.

Corporate Social Responsibility according to Trevino and Nelson (1996:30) “has been conceptualized as a pyramid constituting four kinds of responsibility that must be considered simultaneously economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic”. It is within the realm of ethical responsibilities that we are treating the issue of business ethics/code of conduct and its influence on employees, motivation, job satisfaction and professional attitude to work. Many schools of thoughts have considered CSR a distraction to business. They held the view that the sole purpose of a business is to make profit and live up to its responsibility of paying taxes and levies to government of the day. The question may be asked why an organization and its employees behave ethically. Does it mean that unethical organizations and employees do not progress? Definitely evidence abounds about unethical organizations that perform well but in the short run. Many reasons abound on why the adaptation of a sound business ethics/code of conduct by an organization will benefit it on the long run and by extension its performance and profit.
Schiffman and Kanuk (1994) state that: ‘Values help to determine what we think is right or wrong, what is important and what is desirable.....

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