Ethics

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The Hidden Costs of Organizational Dishonesty

When companies act dishonestly, the psychological costs outweigh any short-term gains. Dishonesty ultimately decreases repeat business and increases worker turnover and employee theft. Degradation of a company’s reputation, adverse effects on employee values and increased surveillance of workers through expensive new systems eat at an organization’s health. The authors offer proof that honesty is still the best policy.

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Beyond Selfishness

In this article, the authors make the case that corporate misdeeds are symptoms of a syndrome of selfishness that has taken hold of our business institutions, our societies and our minds. Drawing on history, literature, philosophy and management thinking, they argue that the syndrome is built on a series of half-truths — or fabrications — each of which has driven a debilitating wedge into society.

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Voluntary Actions After Enron

In the wake of the past year's reports of numerous corporate misdeeds, relatively few businesses have thought about making substantive voluntary changes in their ways of working. And, among companies that have made changes, the actions are general rather than specific.

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Ethical Leadership and the Psychology of Decision Making

How can managers improve the ethical quality of their decisions and ensure that their decisions will not backfire? The authors discuss three types of theories that will help executives understand how they make the judgments on which they base their decisions. By understanding those theories, they can learn how to make better, more ethical decisions.

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When Is It Legal to Lie in Negotiations?

When someone asks, “What is your bottom line?” few negotiators tell the truth. But how much bluffing is ok? Business negotiations law is infused with ethical considerations. Author G. Richard Shell outlines the basic elements of legal fraud, illustrating the evolving concepts with numerous cases in which negotiators have been penalized for what some consider merely unethical behavior. “An ethical sensibility, far from being a ‘luxury’ in business negotiations, may be a negotiator’s best counselor,” Shell writes.

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