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Moral Minefields: Understanding Ethical Construction in the US Defense Industry

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*When: April 19, Thu, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
*Where: MH 230

Title:
Moral Minefields: Understanding Ethical Construction in the US Defense Industry

Abstract:
Within the realm of organizational ethics, research efforts have largely been directed towards the description and prescription of behaviors which are deemed as “ethically positive”. However, little attention has been given towards understanding how people construct their ethical perspectives (individual and organizational). This paper attempts to transcend the traditional sensemaking paradigm usually applied to social and organizational processes and instead uses an interpretive phenomenological approach towards understanding the psychology of ethical construction. Data from the defence industry highlight how workers separate ethical processes from ethical consequences and in turn, the respective social and professional benefits that come from doing so. Findings have implications for how the field of ethics both frames and communicates the role of psychology in organizational morality and highlights the value of data from samples often perceived as ethically contentious.


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