How to Engage the Business Unit: Another Perspective-Swarm Ethics

Thomas Fox

In an article in the September issue of the ACC Docket, entitled “Swarm Ethics”, author James Nortz discusses a technique to improve decision making in “circumstances that present complex moral questions” which he designates as ‘swarm ethics’. He uses this term to set out a specific method for a decision making calculus and as a method to have employees better accept final decisions that they may disagree with through the fairness of the decision making process. It is analogous to the Fair Process Doctrine for decision making. He also notes that this technique may improve your employees’ performance by making it easier for them “to leave their ego at the door.”

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