David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 107 (1):49-64 (2012)
Organizational leaders face environmental challenges and pressures that put them under ethical risk. Navigating this ethical risk is demanding given the dynamics of contemporary organizations. Traditional models of ethical decision-making (EDM) are an inadequate framework for understanding how leaders respond to ethical dilemmas under conditions of uncertainty and equivocality. Sensemaking models more accurately illustrate leader EDM and account for individual, social, and environmental constraints. Using the sensemaking approach as a foundation, previous EDM models are revised and extended to comprise a conceptual model of leader EDM. Moreover, the underlying factors in the model are highlighted—constraints and strategies. Four trainable, compensatory strategies (emotion regulation, self-reflection, forecasting, and information integration) are proposed and described that aid leaders in navigating ethical dilemmas in organizations. Empirical examinations demonstrate that tactical application of the strategies may aid leaders in making sense of complex and ambiguous ethical dilemmas and promote ethical behavior. Compensatory tactics such as these should be central to organizational ethics initiatives at the leader level
|Keywords||Cognitive strategies Ethical behavior Ethical decision-making Leadership Sensemaking|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Richard E. Nisbett & Lee Ross (1980). Human Inference: Strategies and Shortcomings of Social Judgment. Prentice-Hall.
Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic & Amos Tversky (eds.) (1982). Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases. Cambridge University Press.
Terry W. Loe, Linda Ferrell & Phylis Mansfield (2000). A Review of Empirical Studies Assessing Ethical Decision Making in Business. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 25 (3):185 - 204.
Michael J. O’Fallon & Kenneth D. Butterfield (2005). A Review of the Empirical Ethical Decision-Making Literature: 1996–2003. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 59 (4):375-413.
Marcus Selart & Svein Tvedt Johansen (2011). Ethical Decision Making in Organizations: The Role of Leadership Stress. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 99 (2):129 - 143.
Citations of this work BETA
James M. DuBois, John T. Chibnall, Raymond C. Tait, Jillon S. Vander Wal, Kari A. Baldwin, Alison L. Antes & Michael D. Mumford (2016). Professional Decision-Making in Research : The Validity of a New Measure. Science and Engineering Ethics 22 (2):391-416.
Michael D. Mumford, Logan Steele & Logan L. Watts (2015). Evaluating Ethics Education Programs: A Multilevel Approach. Ethics and Behavior 25 (1):37-60.
Lauren N. Harkrider, Alexandra E. MacDougall, Zhanna Bagdasarov, James F. Johnson, Chase E. Thiel, Michael D. Mumford, Shane Connelly & Lynn D. Devenport (2012). Structuring Case-Based Ethics Training: How Comparing Cases and Structured Prompts Influence Training Effectiveness. Ethics and Behavior 23 (3):179-198.
Dawn L. Eubanks, Andrew D. Brown & Sierk Ybema (2012). Leadership, Identity, and Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 107 (1):1-3.
Michael P. Levine & Jacqueline Boaks (2013). What Does Ethics Have to Do with Leadership? Journal of Business Ethics 124 (2):1-18.
Similar books and articles
Jay J. Caughron, Alison L. Antes, Cheryl K. Stenmark, Chase E. Thiel, Xiaoqian Wang & Michael D. Mumford (2011). Sensemaking Strategies for Ethical Decision Making. Ethics and Behavior 21 (5):351 - 366.
Meagan E. Brock, Andrew Vert, Vykinta Kligyte, Ethan P. Waples, Sydney T. Sevier & Michael D. Mumford (2008). Mental Models: An Alternative Evaluation of a Sensemaking Approach to Ethics Instruction. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (3):449-472.
E. Brock Meagan, Vykinta Kligyte Andrew Vert, P. Waples Ethan, T. Sevier Sydney & D. Mumford Michael (2008). Mental Models: An Alternative Evaluation of a Sensemaking Approach to Ethics Instruction. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (3).
Michael E. Brown (2010). Do Ethical Leaders Get Ahead? Business Ethics Quarterly 20 (2):215-236.
Jonathan Z. Gottlieb & Jyotsna Sanzgiri (1996). Towards an Ethical Dimension of Decision Making in Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics 15 (12):1275 - 1285.
Deanne N. Hartog & Frank D. Belschak (2012). Work Engagement and Machiavellianism in the Ethical Leadership Process. Journal of Business Ethics 107 (1):35-47.
Chase E. Thiel, Shane Connelly & Jennifer A. Griffith (2011). The Influence of Anger on Ethical Decision Making: Comparison of a Primary and Secondary Appraisal. Ethics and Behavior 21 (5):380 - 403.
Ethan P. Waples, Jason H. Hill, Alison L. Antes, Lynn D. Devenport, Stephen T. Murphy, Shane Connelly, Michael D. Mumford & Ryan P. Brown (2009). Field and Experience Influences on Ethical Decision Making in the Sciences. Ethics and Behavior 19 (4):263-289.
Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, S. J. Timothy Brown, M. Neil Browne & Nancy Kubasek (1998). Do We Really Want More Leaders in Business? Journal of Business Ethics 17 (15):1727-1736.
Guido Palazzo, Franciska Krings & Ulrich Hoffrage (2012). Ethical Blindness. Journal of Business Ethics 109 (3):323-338.
Joseph G. P. Paolillo & Scott J. Vitell (2002). An Empirical Investigation of the Influence of Selected Personal, Organizational and Moral Intensity Factors on Ethical Decision Making. Journal of Business Ethics 35 (1):65 - 74.
Vykinta Kligyte, Richard T. Marcy, Ethan P. Waples, Sydney T. Sevier, Elaine S. Godfrey, Michael D. Mumford & Dean F. Hougen (2008). Application of a Sensemaking Approach to Ethics Training in the Physical Sciences and Engineering. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (2):251-278.
Added to index2012-04-04
Total downloads33 ( #143,760 of 1,932,595 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #114,865 of 1,932,595 )
How can I increase my downloads?