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Ethical Blindness

  • Guido Palazzo

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  • Franciska Krings

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  • Ulrich Hoffrage

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    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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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    Volume (Year): 109 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 323-338

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:109:y:2012:i:3:p:323-338
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