Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 38, Issue 1–2, pp 141–155 | Cite as

Transitional Ethics: Responsibilities of Supervisors for Supporting Employee Development

  • Bruce H. Drake
  • Mark Meckler
  • Debra Stephens


New employees face a variety of life and career transitions in early adulthood. This paper explores these transitions that shape personal and career identity. A supervisor can play a central role in facilitating employee development during these times but may be unwilling or ill-prepared to do so. At other times he/she may provide assistance that is unwanted and inappropriate to the employee's developmental needs. The paper develops a framework for examining the supervisor's ethical responsibility to facilitate employee development and provides guidelines for managing these transitions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce H. Drake
    • 1
  • Mark Meckler
    • 1
  • Debra Stephens
    • 1
  1. 1.Robert B. Pamplin Jr. School of Business AdministrationUniversity of PortlandPortlandU.S.A.

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