The institutionalization of unethical behavior

There is a possibility that the ethical problems that have recently surfaced at General Electric, E. F. Hutton and General Dynamics are not simple anomalies, but the direct result of corporate pressures on individual managers. The author looks at the nature of these pressures, which come from the st...

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Published in:Journal of business ethics
Main Author: Hosmer, LaRue T.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V 1987
In: Journal of business ethics
Year: 1987, Volume: 6, Issue: 6, Pages: 439-447
Further subjects:B General Electric
B Direct Result
B Planning System
B Strategic Planning
B Economic Growth
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Summary:There is a possibility that the ethical problems that have recently surfaced at General Electric, E. F. Hutton and General Dynamics are not simple anomalies, but the direct result of corporate pressures on individual managers. The author looks at the nature of these pressures, which come from the strategic planning systems in use at most large corporations, and concludes that the current emphasis upon improvements in competitive positioning have led many managers to take actions that are directly contrary to the moral standards, either explicit or implied, of their organizations.
ISSN:1573-0697
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of business ethics
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/BF00383286