Moral emotions and ethics in organisations: introduction to the special issue

Dirk Lindebaum, Deanna Geddes, Yiannis Gabriel

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Abstract

The aim of our special issue is to deepen our understanding of the role moral emotions play in organisations as part of a wider discourse on organisational ethics and morality. Unethical workplace behaviours can have far-reaching consequences—job losses, risks to life and health, psychological damage to individuals and groups, social injustice and exploitation and even environmental devastation. Consequently, determining how and why ethical transgressions occur with surprising regularity, despite the inhibiting influence of moral emotions, has considerable theoretical and practical significance to management scholars and managers alike. In this introduction, we present some of the core arguments in the field; notably, the effect of organisational life and bureaucracy on emotions, in general, and moral emotions, in particular; the moral standing of leaders, managers and followers; moral challenges raised by obedience and resistance to organisational power and ethical blindspots induced by what may appear as deeply moral emotions. These issues are explored by a collection of geographically diverse articles in various work contexts, which are thematically organised in terms of (i) moral emotions, ethical behaviour and social pressure, (ii) moral emotions and their consequences within/across levels of analysis, (iii) psychoanalytic perspectives on the management of moral emotions, (iv) virtue and moral emotions and (v) moral emotions and action tendencies. We end by suggesting certain avenues for future research in the hope that the endeavour initiated here will inspire improved practice at work.

LanguageEnglish
Pages645-656
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume141
Issue number4
Early online date20 May 2016
DOIs
StatusPublished - Apr 2017

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Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Moral emotions
  • Morality organisation
  • Organising
  • Unethical behaviour

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  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
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Moral emotions and ethics in organisations : introduction to the special issue. / Lindebaum, Dirk; Geddes, Deanna; Gabriel, Yiannis.

In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 141, No. 4, 04.2017, p. 645-656.

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