Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making: Mental Models, Milgram and the Problem of Obedience

Title

Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making: Mental Models, Milgram and the Problem of Obedience

Department

Philosophy

Document Type

Book

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Description

In commerce, many moral failures are due to narrow mindsets that preclude taking into account the moral dimensions of a decision or action. In turn, sometimes these mindsets are caused by failing to question managerial decisions from a moral point of view, because of a perceived authority of management. In the 1960s, Stanley Milgram conducted controversial experiments to investigate just how far obedience to an authority figure could subvert his subjects' moral beliefs. In this thought-provoking work, the authors examine the prevalence of narrow mental models and the phenomenon of obedience to an authority to analyse and understand the challenges which business professionals encounter in making ethical decisions. Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making proposes processes – including collaborative input and critique – by which individuals may reduce or overcome these challenges. It provides decision-makers at all levels in an organisation with the means to place ethical considerations at the heart of managerial decision-making.

ISBN

9780511675911

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Cambridge Books Online

Disciplines

Business | Philosophy

Citation for published book

Werhane, Patricia H. Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making: Mental Models, Milgram and the Problem of Obedience. , 2013. Print.