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Ethics in the Workplace

Program/Project Management Resource List #64

Revised August 2011

Provided by the NASA Headquarters Library

"Always do the right thing." - "Do the Right Thing", Spike Lee

As the characters in Spike Lee's film learn, the "right thing" isn't always the first one that comes to mind, nor is it the easiest. This webpage is a gathering of resources on codes of ethics and on ethical practices in the professions, in corporate culture, and in public service that will help us all to see what that "right thing" could be at work. You may also find interesting material in the library's webpages on Management of Safety and Technical Risks, Interpersonal Relations and Group Dynamics, and Corporate Culture.

Note: None of the HQ library staff are attorneys.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Policies Books E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources

NASA Policies

The following policies and procedural requirements can be accessed by anyone through the NASA Online Directives Information System:
NASA Policy Directive 1080.1B: Policy for the Conduct of NASA Research and Technology
NASA Procedural Requirements 1080.1A: Requirements for the Conduct of NASA Research and Technology
NASA Policy Directive 1210.1G: Acceptance and Use of Monetary Gifts and Donations
NASA Procedural Requirements 1210.1A: Procedures for Use of Monetary Gifts and Donations by NASA
NASA Procedural Requirements 1900.3B: Ethics Program Management
NASA Policy Directive 1900.9E: Ethics Program Management
NASA Policy Directive 2010.2C: Alternative Dispute Resolution
NASA Policy Directive 2025.1A: NASA Ombuds Program
NASA Policy Directive 8910.1B: Care and Use of Animals
NASA Procedural Requirements 8910.1A: Care and Use of Animals


Bailey, James A. Strengthening Control and Integrity: A Checklist for Government Managers. Washington, DC: IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2010.
HD474 .B355 I263 2010 PPM-STACKS
Cooper, Terry L. The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
JK468 .E7 C66 2006 BOOKSTACKS
Frickel, Scott, and Kelly Moore. The New Political Sociology of Science: Institutions, Networks, and Power. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.
Gough, Michael, ed. Politicizing Science: The Alchemy of Policymaking. Washington, DC: George C. Marshall Institute, 2003.
Q175 .5 .A42 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Guston, David H., and Daniel Sarewitz. Shaping Science and Technology Policy: The Next Generation of Research. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.
Institute of Medicine. Committee on Assessing Integrity in Research Environments. Integrity in Scientific Research: Creating an Environment That Promotes Responsible Conduct. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2002.
Q175.35 .I65 2002 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
Jennings, Marianne Moody. Business Ethics: Case Studies and Selected Readings. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning, 2009.
HF5387.5 .U6 J46 2009 PPM-STACKS
__________. The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies -- Before It's Too Late. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2006.
HF5387 .J47 2006 PPM-STACKS
Karrer, Leah Bunce, et al. A Scientist's Guide to Influencing Decision-making = A Decision-maker's Guide to Using Science. Arlington, VA: Conservation International, Science and Knowledge Division, 2011.
BF448 .S354 D435 2011 BOOKSTACKS
Menzel, Donald C. Ethics Management for Public Administrators: Building Organizations of Integrity. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2007.
JF1525 .E8 M46 2007 PPM-STACKS
National Academy of Sciences. On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2009.
Q180 .A1 O5 2009 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
O'Leary, Rosemary. The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2006.
HN59.2 .O32 2006 BOOKSTACKS
Seidman, Dov. How: Why We Do Anything Means Everything -- In Business (and In Life). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2007.
HF5386 .S4159 2007 PPM-STACKS
Sullivan, William M. Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2005.
BJ1725 .S85 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Sulston, John, and Georgina Ferry. The Common Thread: A Story of Science, Politics, Ethics, and the Human Genome. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press, 2002.
QH445.2 .S95 2002 BOOKSTACKS
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Washington, DC: NASA, 2005.
TL521.312 .S74 2005 BOOKSTACKS


All e-books listed here are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Howard, Ronald A., and Clinton D. Korver. Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide decisions in Work and Life. Harvard Business Press, 2008
Jamrog, Jay J. The Ethical Enterprise: Doing the Right Things in The Right Ways, Today and Tomorrow: A Global Study of Business Ethics 2005-2015. American Management Association/Human Resources Institute, 2006.
Morris, Tom. If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards. The Doubleday Publishing Group, 2006.
Painter-Morland, Mollie. Business Ethics as Practice: Ethics as the Everyday Business of Business. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Tenbrunsel, Ann E. Ethics in Groups. Emerald Group Publishing, 2006.
Vallabhaneni, S. Rao. Corporate Management, Governance, and Ethics Best Practices. John Wiley and Sons, 2008.
The e-books listed below are available to the general public through the National Academies Press.
Hollander, Rachelle, and Carol R. Arenberg (eds.). Ethics Education and Scientific and Engineering Research: What's Been Learned? What Should Be Done? Summary of a Workshop, 2009.
National Academy of Engineering. Emerging Technologies and Ethical Issues in Engineering: Papers from a Workshop, October 14-15, 2003, 2004.

Articles and Reports

Bekir, N., et al. "Teaching engineering ethics: a new approach", in: Frontiers in Education, Reno, NV, Oct. 10, 2001.
(20060031295: (Dec. 2006) NTRS)
Bruce, Willa Marie, and Valerie Russell (eds.). "NASA and Ethics: Training and Practice", Journal of Air Transportation World Wide, vol. 2, no. 1 (Nov. 1997), p. 22-37.
(19980010259: (July 2009) NTRS)
Gadeken, Owen C. "Ethics in Program Management", Defense AR Journal, Dec.2006-March 2007, p. 107-115.
Available online at the Defense ARJ Archive Issues
Kirby, Kate, and Frances A. Houle. "Ethics and the Welfare of the Physics Profession", Physics Today, vol. LVII, no. 11 (Nov. 2004), p. 42-47.
Available online through Physics Today.
Turk, Wayne. "Black, White, and Shades of Gray: Ethics in Project Management", Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Magazine, vol. XXXVI, no. 4 (July/August 2007), p. 38-40.
Available online at the Defense AT&L Archive Database
Zoloth, Laurie. "The Ethics of Human Spaceflight", in: Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Forty Years of US Human Spaceflight Symposium, NASA/SP-2002-4107, Washington, DC, 8 May 2001.
(20060021490: (2005) NTRS)

Internet Resources

NASA Resources
Campbell, Michael. NASA Office of Inspector General. August 10, 2011 [August 22, 2011].
Dunbar, Brian. NASA Ethics Program. Dec. 15, 2010 [August 22, 2011].
__________. Office of the Chief Scientist. Reports and Presentations. August 9, 2011 [August 23, 2011].
Other Resources
American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion. 2011 [August 22, 2011].
__________. AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. June 1, 2011 [August 22, 2011].
Council on Governmental Ethics Laws. 2008 [August 22, 2011].
Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct. 2010 [August 22, 2011].
IGNet: Federal Inspectors General. August 2011 [August 22, 2011].
National Academy of Engineering. Online Ethics Center. 2010 [August 22, 2011].
Professionals for the Public Interest. August 22, 2011 [August 22, 2011].
UNESCO. Ethics of Science and Technology. 2011 [August 22, 2011].
U.S. Office of Government Ethics. August 2011 [August 22, 2011].
U.S. Office of Special Counsel. August 11, 2011 [August 22, 2011].

Last Updated: August 2011