Jeffrey Overall

A common misconception is that all unethical behaviors are self-serving. Examples of this include deceiving customers to make a sale and lying on expense reports. But although some unethical behavior is clearly self-serving, most unethical acts in the workplace are actually the result of managers encountering a moral dilemma.

The Myths of Unethical Behaviour

This article attempts to debunk the myths of unethical behavior created by business ethicists and to use the work of criminologists, who have been studying immoral behaviors for generations, and researchers in social psychology, to argue that unethical corporate behavior is most often a result of situational and contextual factors, job dependence and cognitive factors, which is perhaps an even more disturbing conclusion than the … [ Read more ]