Barriers to Ethical Behavior: Problems and Remedies

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However, just as Ethisphere and other organizations strive to have companies understand that good ethical practices are in actuality good business practices, other people and organizations are studying how ethical lapses can occur. In an article in the April edition of the Harvard Business Review, entitled, “Ethical Breakdowns” authors Max Bazerman and Ann Tenbrunsel explored the question of why good people allow bad things to happen is the business setting. They begin their article by noting that they believe “the vast majority of managers mean to run ethical organizations” and while there are some “out and out crooks,” the majority of ethical lapses in companies occur because of either the blinders of leadership or that business leadership may “unknowingly encourage” unethical behavior in their companies.

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