Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 103, Supplement 1, pp 45–61 | Cite as

Insurance of Techno-Organizational Ventures and Procedural Ethics: Lessons from the Deepwater Horizon Explosion



Hazardous operational consequences of unethical behavior in high-risk projects can be traced back to inadequate relationships between businesses and the insurance industry. The communication of blame, as a consequence of major industrial accidents like the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, and the relevance of this communication of blame for subsequent insurance litigation, show that the awareness of the relationship between unethical behavior resulting in irresponsible procedural action and deficient loss-prevention practices is a significant component of risk consciousness. The awareness of ethical origins of project risks could alter the methods of design and monitoring of insurance contracts for risky techno-organizational ventures.


Deepwater oil drilling Insurance innovation Insurance underwriting Procedural ethics Techno-organizational risks 


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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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