Ethics at Work

  • Barbara¬†Goodwin

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Barbara Goodwin
    Pages 1-6
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    Pages 7-53
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    Pages 55-116
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    Pages 117-144
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 235-253

About this book


What would tempt you to whistleblow? Do Codes of Conduct make organisations ethical? How do people react to taking the blame for others? This book answers such questions, drawing on the views of employees in eight large organisations. One finding is the `whited sepulchre phenomenon': an organisation which presents a squeaky-clean image to the world but has intrinsic failings which cause moral dilemmas for staff. While treatment of customers is regulated by Codes and Charters, internal organisation is typically more anarchic. The study also exposes the moral conflicts generated by party-political machinations in organisations with democratic governance.
The book offers a unique perspective on ethical attitudes at work and reactions to responsibility and accountability. It finds that, although religious belief is declining, strong moral beliefs still thrive and `ethical employees' abound. It highlights the importance of empowerment, procedures, and professionalism in creating the `moral organisation'. This original study will interest practitioners in business, the public sector and NGOs, especially human resources professionals, as well as philosophers and business ethicists.


Personal business conflict ethics human resources morality organization

Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara¬†Goodwin
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK
  2. 2.Henley Management CollegeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0363-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9331-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-6733
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