Book Review: The Ethical Executive

Posted: June 29, 2011 in Books, Ethical decision-making
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This book is somewhat brief but still fills a niche and might be helpful to teachers and workplace educators.

Robert Hoyk and Paul Hersey’s book The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behaviour is a compilation of 45 drivers of unethical behavior. Some are psychological and some are situational.

It’s quite a long list so quite handy for anyone who teaches in this area to draw on for role-plays or case studies.

Some of the problems described include:

The individual chapters could have benefited from a little more detail, as they breeze through 45 ‘traps’ in just 120 pages. The problems were sufficiently described but what I found surprising was the lack of an attempt to describe ways to avoid or counteract them. This was omitted from the individual chapters and there was no overall conclusion at all, just a case study of the Jonestown incident.

Not to worry. The main benefit of the book is in identifying and naming these various traps because many of them are situations we get into in everyday life, telling ourselves it’s not a big deal because we haven’t been called out about it, or because no dire problem has emerged.

As a reality check, it’s not bad.

Read more or buy the book from Stanford University Press

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  1. […] This book is somewhat brief but still fills a niche and might be helpful to teachers and workplace educators. Robert Hoyk and Paul Hersey's book The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behaviour is a compilation of 45 drivers of unethical behavior. Some are psychological and some are situational. It's quite a long list so quite handy for anyone who teaches in this area to draw on for role-plays or case studies. Some  … Read More […]

  2. […] This book is somewhat brief but still fills a niche and might be helpful to teachers and workplace educators. Robert Hoyk and Paul Hersey’s book The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behaviour is a compilation of 45 drivers of unethical behavior. Some are psychological and some are situational. It’s quite a long list so quite handy for anyone who teaches in this area to draw on for role-plays or case studies. Some  … Read More […]

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