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Obstacles to ethical decision-making : mental models, Milgram and the problem of obedience

Author: Patricia Hogue Werhane
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Hogue Werhane
ISBN: 9781107000032 1107000033
OCLC Number: 809926073
Description: xii, 246 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The role of mental models in social construction --
3. The Milgram studies: obedience, disobedience, and ethical challenges --
4. Obstacles to ethical decision-making in the perception of ethical context --
5. Obstacles to ethical decision-making in impact analysis and action --
6. Managing ethical obstacles --
7. Problematic mental models: some applications --
8. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Patricia H. Werhane, Laura Pincus Hartman, Crina Archer, Elaine E. Englehardt, and Michael S. Pritchard.
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An examination of how obedience affects and overpowers the ethics of decision-making in business, and how this can be overcome.  Read more...

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