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Ethics is must irrespective of industry and project. It is not something that comes naturally, it is something you have to learn. The focus must be on doing the right thing, and following the best practices throughout.
I agree with Anupam. In my view, ethics for a Project Manager or any other professional is mandatory to have.Without ethics you are nothing.
I really like the comment given by Anupam "It is not something that comes naturally, it is something you have to learn." It is must to have discussed and get priority.
Ethics should be one of key values in doing business and our social life.
With all the on-going transformations in the world it should be reviewed and debated frequently.
So, I think it is quite understandable the increasing interest in Ethics.
If PMI push for PM and other certifications to be a standard, the Ethic need yo be constant regardless of culture.
In addition to the opinions expressed in the posted reply, I will suggest one more reason that ethics is getting so much attention by PMI; the Ethics MAG. PMI is an organization driven by volunteers in many important areas, ethic is one of those areas. Fourteen very experienced volunteers serve on the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group with the charter to "Facilitate Code learning & discussion to achieve adherence to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct." These volunteers are proactively helping PMI members understand and fulfill their ethics obligations by writing and speaking about ethics, posting on social media, and developing ethics tools to help members avoid ethical dilemmas and better deal with them when they do occur. Here is a link to the PMI website for ethics where you can find curated content, copies of their ethics code in a dozen language, and statistics about the formal ethics violations that do occur: http://www.pmi.org/about/ethics
Michael: I will argue that at east one of the reasons for enhancing understanding and knowledge of ethics is due to the changes in the industry itself. At the base, society have become more relativist in nature--anything that seems right must be right--and many have lost track of the real reasons for change, not to improve profits at any cost, but to improve services and products for customers. I have rejected several opportunities over the years as it quickly became obvious that the client's view of change was to squeeze as much as possible out of the customer, at the lowest cost, at minimal quality, and even regardless of their expectations.
Thankfully, most clients do not think this way, but it is good to remind practitioners of the need for ethics in the provision of goods and services periodically to keep us all on track.
Having foundation in ethics helps when a company doesn't have any set ethics policy, or doesn't follow it's own ethics policy. We deal with people and money all the time, and it would be easy to have ethical violations of both if it were not for this foundation. It's something to learn so we can adapt it to the various projects we may be working with.
In order to answer this, I think we must look at the world around us. Regardless of country, culture or region, it seems there are daily examples in the news of some examples of questionable ethics being applied. As a profession, I think the increased attention is to emphasis that we, as PMs, must rise above the (sometimes daily) potential distractors and keep our ethical compass and bearings true and straight.
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