Pay inversion at universities: Is it ethical? [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 56 (4):325 - 333 (2005)
This paper examines an important issue facing academia-pay inversion. It discusses how inversion is accompanied by ethical issues including secrecy, moral dilemmas for faculty, honesty, and keeping promises. It then examines this issue from five ethical viewpoints: a legalistic perspective, ethical egoism, utilitarianism, distributive justice, and Kants deontological approach. As part of the discussion, the effect of the moral philosophy on the universitys corporate culture is examined, with attention given to morale and productivity. Finally, alternatives to pay inversion that universities may want to consider are discussed.
Keywords Distributive justice  egoism  Kant  pay compression  pay inversion  utilitarianism
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