Ethical, Economic and Efficient Sector: Is it a gamble? The case of New Zealand Health Sector

Soheila Mirshekary, Ali Yaftian, Bikram Chatterjee

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Abstract

The New Zealand public sector has gone through major reform as a result of fiscal deficit in 1984 (Kettl, 1997; Schwartz, 1997), resulting from quality service provision to establishing financial supremacy (Kettl, 1997). This raises concern as to how public sector employees are attaining balance between their service objectives with financial ones and how is the ethics negotiated in this process. Following this concern, this paper focuses on determining the organisational variables consisting of organisational policies in the District Health Boards (DHBs) and hospitals of New Zealand on ethical behaviours of managers and the ethical climate of these departments.The aim of this study is to increase our understanding of the ethical climate of the public health. Our findings suggest little emphasis has been provided to the aspect of ethics in New Zealand health sector. This is no reward for employees who exhibit exemplary ethical behaviour, no hot line to consult/report about ethics, any detailed guidelines and policies, and not enough ethics-related training provided to staff.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th Annual Conference of the Asian Academic Accounting Association
Place of PublicationDubai
PublisherAsian Academic Accounting Association
Pages1-32
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAnnual Conference of the Asian Academic Accounting Association - Dubai
Duration: 29 Nov 200801 Dec 2008

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Asian Academic Accounting Association
Period29/11/0801/12/08

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    Mirshekary, S., Yaftian, A., & Chatterjee, B. (2008). Ethical, Economic and Efficient Sector: Is it a gamble? The case of New Zealand Health Sector. In 9th Annual Conference of the Asian Academic Accounting Association (pp. 1-32). Asian Academic Accounting Association.