This exciting new text engages with the issue of ethical dilemmas encountered in different organizations. Rather than exploring the definition of ethical conduct, this book focuses on the way in which the process of organization produces dilemmas of ethical behaviour. Using illustrative accounts from corporate settings as a basis, the book explores the conditions that lead to ethical dilemmas and the strategies organizations adopt to deal with these dilemmas or steer away from them. The book suggests that ethical dilemmas are often dealt with by directing attention away from the core problem, rather than engaging with and solving it.
This is a fascinating text, which raises important questions and provides a deeper understanding of the dynamics of ethical processes. A company’s ethical behaviour is a major criterion by which the company, its products and services are judged and is therefore crucial to sound management in today’s organizations. Ethical Dilemmas in Management is essential reading for all students of business and management and ethics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Dilemmas of Ethical Organizing (Christina Garsten and Tor Hernes) 2. Risk, Responsibility and Conscience (Tore Bakken) 3. White as Snow or Milk? (Tor Hernes, Gerhard E. Schjelderup and Anne Live Vaagaasar) 4. Does Rule-Based Moral Management Work?: A Case Study in Sexual Harassment (Steve McKenna) 5. Challenges to Leader Integrity (Steven L. Grover and Robert Moorman) 6. Transparency Tricks (Christina Garsten and Monica Lindh de Montoya) 7. The Power of Activism (Debora L. Spar and Lane T. La Mure) 8. Thoughts and Second Thoughts About Enron Ethics (Ronald R. Sims and Johannes Brinkmann) 9. No Smoke Without Fire? (Todd Bridgman) 10. Overmanagement and the Problem of Moral Consciousness (Hervé Laroche) 11. Tying Some Ends Together (Christina Garsten and Tor Hernes)
Christina Garsten is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Sweden.
Tor Hernes is Professor in the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.