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Influences on Ethical Decision Making in Organisations

Maguire, Donn (2021) Influences on Ethical Decision Making in Organisations. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The subject of ethics in the workplace and ethical decision making have been in the background to discussions and the evolution of thinking behind Corporate Social Responsibility for years. The World Economic Forum at Davos has recognised (2020) that ethics will play a crucial role in the future as technology advances and ethical challenges will become more commonplace. Although organisations will need to build for the future, integrating ethical approaches, the decision makers in organisations across the world are at the forefront everyday being faced with ethical dilemmas. This is not just a challenge for the future.

This dissertation aims to examine in more detail the influences which the cognitions, individual, situational, and organisational moderators have on the decision makers within an organisational structure, faced with responsibility of making ethical judgements. The author has examined the literature and taken empirical research data, to focus on analysing the influences on ethical decision making, which to date have been subject to less scrutiny.

Six in-depth interviews of individuals with diverse experiences were conducted in summer 2021; to gather the empirical data, in a mono-method, qualitative, inductive research approach, enabling the author to analyse the practical experiences of the participants. This approach has aided the author in filling the research gaps in this study and in determining real issues affecting the processes of decision makers faced with ethical dilemmas today.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Business Ethics
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Business Administration
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2022 14:28
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2022 14:28
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5371

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