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Interview with Simon L Dolan on Building Ethical Organizations

August 2009 - By Dr. Nagendra V Chowdary

Honesty and fairness are empty words, unless if everybody in the organization really “walks the talk”. I believe in values that are shared and translated into action. If values, such as honesty and fairness are not aligned with the vision and mission of the company, they become just another empty word.
— Simon L Dolan
Effective executive interview with Simon L Dolan on Building Ethical Organizations

Prof. Simon L Dolan is Professor of Human Resource Management and International Organizational Behavior at Esade Business School and Research Director, Iel (Instituto De Estudios Laborales) at Esade- Ramon Llul University. He joined ESADE Business school in 2001 as Ramon Llul University Chair of HRM and International OB. ESADE is ranked amongst the 10 best international business schools. He has been a full-tenured Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior at the School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal since 1978. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Carlson Graduate School of Management, University of Minnesota. He became director of the Centre for the study of “Control and evaluation of human resource management" in the early 1990s. In addition to teaching and having various administrative responsibilities at the University of Montreal, Professor Dolan taught as visiting professor/scholar in many universities throughout the globe, primarily at the MBA and Ph.D. levels. Dolan has written extensively in the joint fields of human resource management, industrial/organizational psychology, occupational stress and culture reengineering. He has published more than 100 papers in refereed journals, has refereed proceedings and chapters in published books (Journal of Applied Psychology; Journal of Organizational Behaviour; Journal of organizational & Occupational Psychology; Journal of Social Behavior and Personality; International Journal of Management; Industrial Relations, International Journal of Manpower, etc.). Dolan is the Editor-in-chief of Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal and serves/has served on the editorial board of several other international scientific journals. He is also a referee for many 1st tier journals such as: Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal/Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and others. As the scientific director of IEL (Institute for Labor studies) in ESADE, Dolan provides leadership to the various research projects undertaken by the Institute. At present, there are about 17 ongoing projects, many of which are financed by the Catalan government, the Spanish government or the EU. IEL has been selected as one of the best research centers of Catalonia by the government.
Dolan has been the president and co-founder of the "International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values" (1994-1996). He has been the president of the Montreal-based Human Resource Management Consulting firm (Gestion Mds Management Inc.) which provides services in broad issues of human resource management since 1978. In 2005 he forged a joined venture with the Dutch Octrium ltd, dedicated to the development of new HRM software. He has a long track of consulting in Canada and the US, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and recently in Latin America.

Useful for Understanding of:

  • Relevence of Business Ethics
  • Organizational Fairness
  • Work and Organizational Values
  • Corporate Culture and Corporate Values
  • Leadership and Organizational Values
  • The changing nature of B-Schools
Originally Published in Effective Executive, IUP
Effective Executive Reference No. 03M-2009-08-04-06
IBSCDC Reference No. INT0106
Year and Month of Publication August 2009
Keywords Ethics, Business Ethics, Organizational Values, Leadership and corporate Values, Fairness and Honesty in Organizational DNA, Work and Organizational Values
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