Dialectical interactions : Decoupling and integrating ethics in ethics initatives

TitleDialectical interactions : Decoupling and integrating ethics in ethics initatives
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsJovanovic, S, Wood, RV
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Volume17
Issue2
Pagination217-238
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1052150X
Accession Number24660953
Keywordsapplied , codes , DECISION , ethics , local , POLITICAL , professional , United
AbstractEvidence abounds that when ethics initiatives are decoupled from the actual work of organizations, ethics policies may become little more than window dressings. However, these authors, during a study of of a local government, found that when organizational members engage in discussions that turn away from the letter of an ethics code, they often do so to address higher ethical principles embedded in the spirit of the code. The decoupled understanding of the code in these cases becomes a symbolic, legitimating gesture grounded not in strict provisions but in creative and complex interactions. This counterintuitive explanation of decoupling capitalizes on discourse that evolves from a legalistic interpretation to rich discussions that value the multiplicity of voices within organizational life.
NotesJovanovic, Spoma; Wood, Roy V.; Issue Info: Apr2007, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p217; Thesaurus Term: DECISION making; Thesaurus Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Thesaurus Term: LOCAL government; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: APPLIED ethics; Subject Term: ETHICS committees; Subject Term: POLITICAL ethics; Subject Term: CODES of ethics; Subject: UNITED States; Number of Pages: 22p; Document Type: Article
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