Research on Ethics
The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership seeks to be a leader in research on ethical leadership, both in the academic and practitioner arenas. The center places priority on research areas that are aligned with capabilities and interests of CSULB faculty and the center's William Dickson Faculty Fellows.
Beginning in 2014, the Ukleja Center will be offering annual grants to support faculty ethics research and contributions to the body of knowledge. CSULB faculty members will be invited to apply for ethics research stipends each spring. Faculty members can apply here. Examples of research projects might include: impact studies of corporate social responsibility programs; developing and validating instruments for measuring ethical behavior in organizations; and the relationship between ethical behavior and organizational culture, conflict management, and individual courage.
In 2012, the center initiated a university-wide survey to learn how ethics is being taught across the CSULB campus. In addition to serving as a pilot study for a national survey on teaching ethics, this survey is fostering collaborative relationships for research in the field of ethical leadership. As a result of the survey, the center developed an online teaching tool, Designs 4 Teaching Ethics, to help faculty deepen students' learning about ethics. All CSULB faculty are invited to participate through Beachboard.
The Ukleja Center has a partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal, which has featured a number of articles on ethics. CSULB faculty, Governing Council members, and local community leaders are invited to submit articles for the series.
For more information about any of the center's research initiatives, please contact Dr. Brenda Freshman, Director of Research.