The Ethical Imperative of the Hour is Physical Distancing

…Also, the “hour” will probably last more than 60 minutes… As the number of reported infections and deaths from the pandemic grow also in Turkey, people are facing a situation that disrupts their usual lifestyle and coping mechanisms much more deeply and thoroughly than any other crisis they have experienced before. As the Turkish Health […]

Culture, Compliance … and Turkey – Part 2

Orientation This post is the second in a series of posts on effective Ethics & Compliance in the context of Turkish culture. In the first part, I looked at the motivation for this analysis, and the cultural profile of Turkey in the Hofstede 6D model. In this second part, I will summarize the current requirements […]

„Hans in Luck“ – A German in Istanbul

September 12, 2017 Ne mutlu yarım Türküm diyene. The first idea for this blog came actually up one year ago. To be more exact, it was Burcu who suggested that I write a blog. I don’t recall exactly when, but we had just moved from Lindau at Lake Constance to Isanbul, and in one conversation […]

Culture, Compliance & Turkey – post from 2017

This post, written in 2017, continues to receive a lot of attention. I have taken the topic up in more detail in a series of posts started in 2019. While I still stand behind what I have written here, this first post was based more on literature research, some personal experience and reflection. The 2019 […]

Culture, Compliance … and Turkey – Part 3

The title image shows people waiting to be picked up by a bus at the side of the highway in Istanbul. The are standing beneath a sign saying that it is forbidden to stop vehicles on highways to let passengers get on or off… Coping with Ambiguity and Uncertainty This is part 3 of a […]

The bottom-up orgchart

I was drawing up some slides on the results of my annual Ethical Climate Survey yesterday when I came to the unavoidable “Tone from the Top”. At that point it struck me how this choice of expressions transports the notion of a classical pyramid-shaped hierarchy. I asked myself how this is supposed to fit with […]

Culture, Compliance … and Turkey – Part 1

Effective Ethics & Compliance in the Context of Turkish Culture Introduction In 2017 I first wrote a blog post about Culture, Compliance and Turkey with a first discussion of the 6 dimensions of Turkish culture according to Geert Hofstede and their meaning for compliance management in this country. In the beginning of 2019, the Turkish […]

The Law of Large Numbers, Central Limit Theorem and Strange Attractors – or The Strange Behavior of Turkish Employees Towards Limits

This post is not about mathematics or physics but about the behavior of people in the presence of rules and limits … in Turkey. When we discussed revising our Company’s expense limits to account for the currency devaluation, soaring inflation and resulting price increases in the hospitality sector in Turkey in the last months, I […]

Reading list 2019

To continue my 2018 reading list, I am adding here the books (including e-books and audiobooks), online courses, articles etc. I am reading throughout this year. I do a lot of reading (and listening while driving in Istanbul traffic) for my personal interest as well as my engagement as leader of the Working Group for […]

Reading list 2018

2018 was a year of learning for me. As the year draws to a close, here’s a more or less complete list of the books, audiobooks, blogs, MOOCs I have read, listened to or studied throughout this year. They have inspired and helped me to develop a much wider frame of perspective and deeper understanding […]

Iatrogenic noncompliance – a case study of ethical blindness

Some thoughts on organizational justice Organizational justice is the dominant factor determining how employees perceive their organization’s culture of integrity. [1] Management must meet misconduct with decisive, consistent, visible and effective action as a deterrent for recurrence, and as a clear sign that misconduct is not tolerated. But where exactly does misconduct begin and how […]

Ethical Fading – the hidden erosive force on Integrity Culture

Introduction The focus on effective Ethics and Compliance Programs based on values and principles has been steadily increasing in the past years. “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders”, wrote BlackRock CEO […]