Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 109, Issue 3, pp 323–338

Ethical Blindness


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-1130-4

Cite this article as:
Palazzo, G., Krings, F. & Hoffrage, U. J Bus Ethics (2012) 109: 323. doi:10.1007/s10551-011-1130-4


Many models of (un)ethical decision making assume that people decide rationally and are in principle able to evaluate their decisions from a moral point of view. However, people might behave unethically without being aware of it. They are ethically blind. Adopting a sensemaking approach, we argue that ethical blindness results from a complex interplay between individual sensemaking activities and context factors.


Ethical decision-making Ethical/unethical behavior Ethical fading Moral disengagement Bounded awareness/ethicality Rigid framing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Palazzo
    • 1
  • Franciska Krings
    • 1
  • Ulrich Hoffrage
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Business and EconomicsUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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