‘Bad apples’ and ‘bad barrels’: An evidence-based approach to dealing with unethical behaviour in the workplace

ANU College of Business and Economics 17 October 2018
Minter Ellison Building, 25 National Circuit, Level 3, Forrest ACT 2603
29 October 2018, 9am - 12:45pm (AEDT) Morning tea and sandwich lunch provided


Recent global events have resulted in an increased focus on unethical behaviour in the workplace. We have seen in the media, for example, Volkswagen come under fire for its emissions scandal. Even Oxfam has been the subject of a recent scandal involving the conduct of its senior managers. In Australia the Royal Commission into banking, superannuation, and the financial services industry has focussed attention on unethical behaviour and its damaging consequences.

Associate Professors Eric Barends (Center for Evidence Based Management) and Alessandra Capezio (Australian National University) will present the latest findings from one of the world’s latest, and most comprehensive and robust synthesis of the scientific evidence on unethical behaviour in the workplace. To this end, this masterclass applies an evidence-based approach to examine unethical behaviour in the workplace. The content of the masterclass will address the following questions:

  • What is evidence-based management and how is it practiced?
  • What are the key causes of unethical behaviour in the workplace?
  • Based on robust evidence, what interventions are most effective at addressing unethical behaviour and how you can enable more ethical decision-making in your organisation?

A summary report of the findings will be released by the United Kingdom’s Chartered Institute of Personnel Development later this year.

Building on the work presented by Eric and Alessandra, Bede Gahan (Special Counsel, MinterEllison) will show you how your leaders can enable and reinforce ethical behaviour in your organisation and avoid ‘bad barrels’, and manage ‘bad apples’ out of the workplace.

This masterclass is a collaboration between the ANU Research School of Management, Centre for Evidence Based Management and Minter Ellison.



A/Prof Eric Barends (Center for Evidence-Based Management & ANU)

Eric Barends is the Managing Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management, which is based in the Netherlands and is the leading authority on evidence-based practice in the fields of management and leadership.

Eric has 20 years of management experience. He advises management teams and boards of directors of large and medium-sized companies and non-profit organisations on evidence-based management and the development of their managers. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the ANU and NYU.

Eric received the first doctorate in Evidence-Based Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is an author of the book Evidence- Based Management: How to use Evidence to make better organizational decisions.


A/Prof Alessandra Capezio (Research School of Management at ANU)

Alessandra Capezio is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour in the Research School of Management at the Australian National University.

Alessandra is passionate about promoting and teaching Evidence-based Practice in Management and is a Fellow of the Center for Evidence Management. She is core member of the Work Effectiveness and Leadership Lab (WELL).

Alessandra’s research focuses on: Evidence-based decision-making and practice in organisations, Strategic behaviour in organisations, the ‘dark’ side of organisational behaviour, and Corporate governance from an organisational behaviour perspective. Alessandra’s research has been published in leading international journals such as the Journal of ManagementJournal of Vocational BehaviorJournal of Management StudiesJournal of Business Ethics and the Journal of Career Assessment.

Bede Gahan
, Special Counsel (MinterEllison)

Bede is a Special Counsel in MinterEllison’s human resources and industrial relations group.

Bede is known for his unique approach to assisting clients achieve great results in managing complex employment disputes with employees and unions. His approach is based on integrating research from the fields of management and organisational psychology to identify how clients can more proactively manage and resolve complex personnel issues. In many of these matters, Bede has helped clients navigate complex medical issues, respond to unusually persistent complainants, and address unsatisfactory behaviour through misconduct investigations and performance management processes.

Bede is expert in coaching internal lawyers and human resources managers on dealing with complex grievances and conflicts, and in using internal processes to achieve great business outcomes.

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Cost: $195 for single ticket or $800 for five people. Places are limited. 

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