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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 85, Issue 3, pp 301–308 | Cite as

Organizational Narcissism and Virtuous Behavior

  • Dennis DuchonEmail author
  • Brian Drake
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Abstract

Extreme narcissistic organizations are unable to behave ethically because they lack a moral identity. While such organizations are not necessarily unethical intentionally, they become self-obsessed and use a sense of entitlement, self-aggrandizement, denial, and rationalizations to justify anything they do. Extreme narcissistic organizations might develop formal ethics programs, but such programs will have little effect on behavior.

Keywords

organizational narcissism virtue 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ManagementUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleU.S.A.
  2. 2.University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioU.S.A.

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