Business ethics, restrictions on employment and knowledge management

Business ethics, restrictions on employment and knowledge management Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to address ethical and legal issues relating to employment contracts and the effect on knowledge transfer. Design/methodology/approach – Relevant literature for business competition, learning and knowledge management and ethics were reviewed to prepare this paper. Findings – This paper was an opportunity to express an opinion that employment contracts should reflect economic realities of both the employer and the employed to encourage high‐ethical standards. Practical implications – Employers and the employed may be encouraged to forthrightly discuss issues relating to ethics and competition in light of changing economic conditions. Originality/value – This paper offers a self‐help perspective for employees, making them more aware of employment contract terms and responsibilities. Employers may be encouraged to craft more progressive contracts to not only protect business proprietary information and maintain ethical integrity, but also assist employees in taking control of their futures. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png VINE Emerald Publishing

Business ethics, restrictions on employment and knowledge management

VINE, Volume 38 (2): 10 – Jun 20, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0305-5728
DOI
10.1108/03055720810889815
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to address ethical and legal issues relating to employment contracts and the effect on knowledge transfer. Design/methodology/approach – Relevant literature for business competition, learning and knowledge management and ethics were reviewed to prepare this paper. Findings – This paper was an opportunity to express an opinion that employment contracts should reflect economic realities of both the employer and the employed to encourage high‐ethical standards. Practical implications – Employers and the employed may be encouraged to forthrightly discuss issues relating to ethics and competition in light of changing economic conditions. Originality/value – This paper offers a self‐help perspective for employees, making them more aware of employment contract terms and responsibilities. Employers may be encouraged to craft more progressive contracts to not only protect business proprietary information and maintain ethical integrity, but also assist employees in taking control of their futures.

Journal

VINEEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 20, 2008

Keywords: Employment; Employment contracts; Business ethics; Information disclosure; Knowledge transfer; Social capital

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