Ethical Blindness

Abstract

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.

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Palazzo, G., Krings, F. & Hoffrage, U. Ethical Blindness. J Bus Ethics 109, 323–338 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-011-1130-4

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Keywords

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