behavioral ethics

It’s time for policy makers to enter the 21st century

Can you imagine a world where marketers promoted products without knowledge of psychology and persuasion? Well, the equivalent is happening in policy making and international development- in fact it is the standard.

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(Un)Ethical Behavior in Organizations

Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was a review of some of the most influential, recent work on ethical behavior in organizations?  Well Ethical Systems collaborator Linda Trevino and colleagues have provided just that with their excellent review piece on “(Un)Ethical Behavior in Organizations.” 

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"Mind, Society and Behavior" and Ethical Systems Design

David Brooks recently published an insightful piece (In Praise of Small Miracles) about “Mind, Society and Behavior,” a recent report issued by The World Bank on how behavioral economics can be applied to global development and global health.

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Ethics Starts At The Top

Which matters more for creating an ethical organization: tone at the top, or tone in the middle?  The answer is that it depends on when, exactly, you are talking about. 

A recent study (Gächter, Renner, 2014) corroborates these findings by analyzing to what extent role modeling influences one’s own pro-social behavior. It turns out that a “leader’s initial behavior has long-lasting effects” on the organizational culture while over time “the impact of leaders on followers’ beliefs is diminished” (pp. 16). 

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Teaching Behavioral Ethics across Disciplines

Tigran W. Eldred, Associate Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston

Almost a decade ago, shortly before I started law teaching, I worked as an appellate lawyer representing clients who had been convicted of serious crimes. In one case, I recall having a very uncomfortable conversation with the lawyer who, I was convinced (and a court later agreed), had made a number of significant mistakes when he represented my client at trial. What struck me about the conversation then, and what remains with me now, was my strong sense that the lawyer was rationalizing his very poor performance despite his ethical duty to be candid with me about his work on the case. Was the lawyer being deceitful in covering up his many mistakes, or did he truly believe that his conduct had been reasonable even though, to an observer, it was so apparent that his performance had been deficient?

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How do people change their minds about issues?

How do people change their minds about issues?

A respected colleague asked over lunch and it prompted me to write some thoughts down.  Belief change and behavior change (page on that coming soon) can both be instrumental in ethical systems design so it seemed appropriate to share our Cliffs Notes on belief change here.

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The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See

The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See  

By Max H. Bazerman

Simon and Schuster (2014)

Summarized by Bryan Turner

 

What if you had the ability to make better decisions and all you had to do was to make slight adjustments in how you analyze issues?  Well, this ability (noticing) exists, and The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See shows you how to cultivate it.

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Featured Expert of the Month: Max Bazerman

Interview with Professor and Author Max Bazerman 

What is the main research themes for which you are known?

I believe that I am best known to different groups of scholars for different chunks of work. 

Perhaps the research of mine that other scholars first noticed was my integration of the field of behavioral decision research (aka behavioral economics, behavioral insights, etc.) for a managerial audience. Many leading scholars had their first exposure to the field by reading my book Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (now in its 8th edition, with Don Moore). I published the first edition in 1986, when business schools were not yet paying attention to the revolution created by the insights of Kahneman and Tversky.

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