Ethical Blindness

Journal of Business Ethics 109 (3):323-338 (2012)
Abstract
Many models of (un)ethical decision making assume that people decide rationally and are in principle able to evaluate their decisions from a moral point of view. However, people might behave unethically without being aware of it. They are ethically blind. Adopting a sensemaking approach, we argue that ethical blindness results from a complex interplay between individual sensemaking activities and context factors.
Keywords Ethical decision-making  Ethical/unethical behavior  Ethical fading  Moral disengagement  Bounded awareness/ethicality  Rigid framing
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