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Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

2nd Edition

By Joel Lefkowitz


604 pages

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Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology was one of the first books to integrate work from moral philosophy, moral psychology, I-O psychology, and political and social economy, as well as business. It incorporates these perspectives into a "framework for taking moral action" and presents a practical model for ethical decision making. The second edition has added a chapter on Virtue Theory, including its application in I-O, Organizational behavior (OB) and business; expands Moral Psychology to two chapters, with more attention to moral emotions, effects of the "dark side" of personality, and the intuitionist model of moral judgment; expands the sections on social and economic justice; and expands the treatment of the Responsible Conduct of Research with a new chapter on Research Integrity. Examples from I-O research and practice, as well as current business events, are offered throughout. It is ideal for ethics and I-O courses at the graduate level.


'At last, a second edition of this seminal volume! This book articulates the ethics and values that drew many of us into Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the first place—our professional Turangawaewae, a ground on which to stand. We need to stand that ground more than ever today, and this book articulates why. Its vistas are prospective, and expansive: Social and economic justice, socially responsive and responsible research, workplace dignity, combating working poverty, societally integrating refugees by respecting socio-economic, -political and -cultural justice, spiritual values and religious faith; the over-arching UN Sustainable Development Goals. From minimum to living wages, servants of power to empowerment, CSR and Humanitarian work psychology, this is a book for the 21st century: for the future of decent work in a sustainable society.' Stuart C. Carr, Ph.D., FRSNZ, End Poverty & Inequality Cluster (EPIC), Massey University, New Zealand

'The second edition of Joel Lefkowitz’s wonderful book frames business practices in a moral perspective—an important consideration for modern economies. It is clearly written, expertly sourced, and responsibly frames business issues in terms of the key issues from classic ethical theory.' – Robert Hogan, Ph.D., President, Hogan Assessment Systems, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Moral Philosophy and Psychology

2. Meta-Ethics

3. Normative Ethical Theories: I. Deontology

4. Normative Ethical Theories: II. Consequentialism

5. Normative Ethical Theories: III. Virtue Ethics

6. Moral Psychology: I. Moral Development

7. Moral Psychology: II. Taking Moral Action

Part II: Values

8. The Central Role of Values in Ethical Decision Making and Social Policy

9. Values and Value Conflicts in the Professions

10. Values in Psychology

11. Business Values

12. The Values and Ethics of Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Part III: The Responsible Conduct of Research

13. Research Ethics: Informed Consent, Confidentiality and the Use of Deception

14. Scientific Integrity

Part IV: Conclusion

15. Taking Moral Action

About the Author

Joel Lefkowitz is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Bernard M. Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he was head of the doctoral program in I-O psychology from its inception in 1982 until 2009. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology; the American Psychology Association Divisions 9 and 14; and the Association for Psychological Science.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology