Behavioural ethics in business is an emerging field that has challenged some of the established wisdom about ethics and added some truly new insights into our understanding about decision-making and behaviour.
Why do seemingly responsible employees and managers sometimes act in bad ways? This book explains how people behave in real situations and what action can be taken to nudge behaviour in a more ethical direction.
This concise textbook is ideal for use in the classroom as core or additional reading on courses in business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisational behaviour and psychology; and any module with ethics content (for example, accounting ethics and strategic management). Each chapter is presented as a story with details about the experimental designs and related research findings. The key features include learning outcomes, suggested class activities, mock assessment questions, and an annotated list of key readings and these provide a one-stop text for tutors and students interested in this increasingly important area of study.
Nina Seppala is Deputy Director (Academic Affairs) at the University College London (UCL) School of Management where she teaches a course on the ethics of artificial intelligence. Nina has authored a range of academic articles and a textbook in business ethics and corporate social responsibility. She is passionate about making people aware about their values and the ethical choices and situations they will encounter in work settings.
PART 1. RISE IN BEHAVIOURAL ETHICS RESEARCH 1. Introduction: experimental approaches to the study of ethics 2. Historical experiments in the study of ethics 3. Measuring ethics in experiments PART 2. INDIVIDUAL FACTORS 4. Introduction 5. Are women really more ethical? 6. Social class and dishonesty 7. Sense for fairness increases whistleblowing 8. The moral equilibrium 9. Are people creatively dishonest? PART 3. ORGANISATIONAL FACTORS 10. Introduction 11. We comply with peer norms in good and bad 12. Physical environment changes behaviour 13. Detrimental effect of money 14. More time, better ethics? 15. Summary