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Teaching ethics in organisational behaviour : a Humean viewpoint

Creed, Andrew, Ross, Jane and Ross, Jack 2012, Teaching ethics in organisational behaviour : a Humean viewpoint, International journal of the Academy of Organizational Behavior Management, vol. 1, pp. 106-119.

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Title Teaching ethics in organisational behaviour : a Humean viewpoint
Author(s) Creed, AndrewORCID iD for Creed, Andrew orcid.org/0000-0002-1682-7956
Ross, Jane
Ross, Jack
Journal name International journal of the Academy of Organizational Behavior Management
Volume number 1
Start page 106
End page 119
Total pages 14
Publisher NAISIT Publishers
Place of publication Alberta, Canada
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1927-565X
1927-5668
Keyword(s) Hume
morality
organisational
ethics
education
nexus
behaviour
Summary Problem Statement: Concepts of ethics have rarely been easy to teach in the organizational behaviour curriculum. The philosophical bases of ethics are often abstract and prone to multiple interpretations and dilemmas. The changing global environment of organisations adds complexity to the interacting values that people bring into the workplace. To redress the situation, this articlerepresents the stance of David Hume on human morality and proposes an original nexus of his concepts for application in the teaching and learning of ethics in the field of organizational behaviour.

Method:
Based on the literature, we develop a conceptual model from a thread drawn between Hume’s influence on the Scottish Enlightenment and accordingly the current complex business environment which was fostered in part by the economic models espoused by his Enlightenment associates. The concepts are presented as a matrix and relevant examples are explained in this context.

Results: Pointing out the challenge of the global rifts in organisational morality, we relate the fable of the traveller from Hume’s writings and make the point that the Humean nexus, now distilled from the elaborate reasoning of Hume, provides educators and managers alike with a helpful centre of gravity around which to develop analyses of decisions and actions in order to gain moral perspective that transcends time and place.

Conclusions:
Business ethics lessons have sometimes been abstract and emotive in organisational Behavior education but the empirical concepts of Hume in this new form have the potential to be useful and agreeable for many.
Language eng
Field of Research 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, NAISIT Publishers
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046220

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