Res Dev Med Educ. 2017;6(1):51-55.
doi: 10.15171/rdme.2017.009
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Professional Ethics and Organizational Commitment Among the Education Department Staff of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences

Ali Imani 1, Mohammad Saadati 2 * , Ramin Rezapour 3, Abbas Bashirzadeh 4

1 Department of Health Services Management, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Health Service Management Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Road Traffic Injury Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3 Iranian Center of Excellence in Health Management, Department of Health Service Management, School of Health Management and Medical Informatics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
4 Department of Health Service Management, School of Health Management and Medical Informatics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

Abstract

Background: Concepts such as organizational commitment and employees’ and managers’ ethics provide decision-makers and policy makers with potentially useful information which can result in increasing organizational efficiency and effectiveness. This study aimed to explore the relationship between professional ethics and organizational commitment among the staff working in the education departments of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015. The study population consisted of all staff working as educational experts in the education departments of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences (N = 65). Data collection instruments used in this study were two standard questionnaires on professional ethics and organizational commitment. SPSS software version 21 was used to analyze the data.

Results: According to the results, mean scores obtained for professional ethics and organizational commitment were (91.57± 9.13) (95% CI, 89.23-93.91) and (64.89 ± 10.37) (95% CI, 62.2367.54), respectively. A significant relationship was observed between professional ethics and organizational commitment among the educational experts working in Tabriz University of Medical Sciences (correlation coefficient = 0.405) (P = 0.001) (at 95% confidence level). Furthermore, there was a significant relationship between professional ethics and work experience (P = 0.043). The highest level of professional ethics observed was associated with those participants having a work experience of ranging from 6 to 10 years. Individuals with fulltime employment scored the highest in organizational commitment.

Conclusion: Educational experts possessed a high level of professional ethics. The finding provides the grounds for promoting organizational commitment, which will lead to higher levels of organizational effectiveness.

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Submitted: 29 Aug 2016
Revised: 17 Jan 2017
Accepted: 17 Jan 2017
First published online: 29 Jun 2017
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