Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Organizational Ethics, Fifth Edition!

We are constantly faced with ethical decisions, no matter what organizations we join. The ethical choices we make determine the health of our businesses, schools, government agencies, religious congregations, charities, and other institutions. Our ethical decisions also determine our career success or failure. Bestselling author, Craig E. Johnson, shows how we can develop our ethical competence, just as we develop our abilities to manage or oversee operations.  

Every chapter of ​Organizational Ethics: A Practical Approach, Fifth Edition​ provides readers with opportunities to apply ethical principles and practices in a variety of settings through self-assessments, analyses, projects, and discussion. Written in a reader-friendly style, each part of the book is layered around organizational behavior. The parts introduce moral theories used in ethical problem-solving; examines individual motivations; looks at the ethical dilemmas of groups, teams, and leaders as well as offers strategies for creating ethical cultures and promoting social responsibility. This book shows how readers can develop their ethical expertise and provides opportunities to practice problem-solving to defend their decisions.
New to this edition

  • Over 25 new case studies on current events such as the college admissions scandal, Jeffrey Epstein, and Dick's Sporting Goods stand on gun control
  • 24 new self-assessments on topics such as ethnocentrism, ethical leadership, and social loafing
  • New discussions of cross-cultural ethical conflict, moral maturity and attentiveness, meaningful work, dysfunctional customer behaviors, ethical leadership theory, team defensive routines, organizational virtue, gamification, social intrapreneurs, and social shareholder activism 

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.


We gratefully acknowledge Craig E. Johnson for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Jennifer Geyer of Liberty University for developing the resources on this site.