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 popular view of managers as greedy, manipulative and deceptive. After all, while cognitive factors are used to justify unethical behavior, situational factors and job dependence lead to a cycle of unethical behavior in which managers are locked in, and which leads to the perpetuation of corporate malfeasance.

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