Personal Morality at Work
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This chapter deals with congruences and conflicts between personal morality and organisational values. Section 1 considers the ethical concerns expressed by participants. In Section 2, I look first at some aggregate data on the moral beliefs of individuals working in the eight organisations, and then at the beliefs professed by participants in each particular organisation. In Section 3, the moral dilemmas and solutions described by participants are examined. In Section 4 their views on whistleblowing are discussed, with some examples of when participants did blow the whistle. Section 5 offers conclusions. This chapter answers questions such as these: what are the most common moral beliefs? Do employees’ moral standards lead to problems at work and how do they resolve these? How do people react when told to do something they consider immoral? Do organisations attract and recruit people with compatible beliefs? What are the most morally difficult decisions? Are most people moral relativists these days? What tempts people to whistleblow?
KeywordsMoral Belief Moral Issue Moral Dilemma Golden Rule Moral Concern
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