‘Murder They Said’: A Content Analysis and Further Ethical Reflection on the Application of Neuroscience in Management

  • Dirk LindebaumEmail author
  • Virginia L. Brown
  • Ismael Al-Amoudi
Part of the Advances in Neuroethics book series (AIN)


In this chapter, we offer a content analysis of top-tier management journals to examine the extent to which advocates of neuroscience in management pay heed to the ethical ramifications of their work. Based upon our analysis, we are able to robustly refute the claim by Butler and colleagues (Hum Relat 70:1171–1190, 2017) that Lindebaum’s (Hum Relat 69(3):537–50, 2016) concerns about the lack of ethical concerns in the proliferation and application of neuroscientific ideas and measurements are basically much ado about nothing. By way of this content analysis, we advance the debate on the ethical ramifications of applying neuroscience in management by demonstrating (1) which ethical issues are recognised and (2) which ones are not. Doing so has the potential to open up new directions in studying the ethical and practical ramifications of neuroscience in and around workplaces.


Neuroethics Content analysis Neuroscience Personhood Practice Work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Lindebaum
    • 1
    Email author
  • Virginia L. Brown
    • 2
  • Ismael Al-Amoudi
    • 1
  1. 1.Grenoble Ecole de ManagementU. Grenoble Alpes ComUEGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Cardiff Business SchoolCardiff UniversityCardiffWales

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