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Public seminar Ethics at Work

Date: Wednesday 14 September
Time: 12.30 pm – 1.30pm 
Venue: MZ06 (Mezzanine Floor), Rutherford House, Wellington School of Business and Government
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Professor Grant Michelson

Professor Karin Lasthuizen

In this seminar data from the Ethics at Work employee survey collected in 2021 will be presented to explore the views and attitudes of employees in Aotearoa New Zealand towards workplace ethics. We compare these findings with data from the previous Ethics at Work survey in 2018 to highlight key trends in workplace ethics from a pre-pandemic to a pandemic-oriented employment context. Results show several improvements over time but also some areas of concern, for example with regard to speaking up about misconduct at work.

To show how Aotearoa New Zealand employees have responded during the Covid-19 pandemic, we compare their responses with the 2021 results from Australian employees, as well as the 2021 global average. Our findings are discussed through a moral economy framework, which positions employment as a relationship with significant dependencies and mutualities between labour and capital. Importantly, this relationship is intended to enhance human and societal flourishing. This framework provides an opportunity to rethink how employment relations in Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia, might be understood and practiced.

Professor Grant Michelson is Professor of Management in Macquarie Business School, Sydney, Australia. His research interests include corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics, the role of communication in organisations, organizational behaviour and how people experience work. He has extensive senior leadership experience and strategic capability in managing people, projects and processes across different institutions and national settings. Professor Michelson is the National Partner for Australia for the IBE Ethics at Work Survey 2021. 

Professor Karin Lasthuizen is the Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership - Aritahi, at the Wellington School of Business and Government, Te Herenga Waka- Victoria University of Wellington and host for this event. For more information: