Three Groups of Traps That Contribute to Unethical Behavior by Managers

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Three Groups of Traps That Contribute to Unethical Behavior by Managers
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Hoyk en Hersey (2010) argue that ethical behavior of people – specifically focusing on management level employees - is influenced by three risk factors. These risk factors are called “traps”, which ensnare individuals onto a path of behaving in an unethical way. The traps can be categorized into three major groups of traps:
1. Primary Traps: The traps in this category are mostly external pressures that seduce individuals to abandon ethical principles. In this way, individuals are orientated onto a path of unethical behavior.
2. Defensive Traps: This category includes the reactive pressures such as guilt or embarrassment, that force individuals to behave unethically.
3. Personality Traps: Internal stimuli that increase the probability to behave in an unethical way. The traps in this category blind individuals to the...Sign up

Traps Causing Unethical Behavior
Monty S. Padmanagara, Consultant, Indonesia, Member
Ethical behavior should be practiced by all entities in life, in organizations, by everybody concerned, especially by leaders, in any position, at any...Sign up

Ethical Descent May Be a Process!
Ray Chatwin, Lecturer, United Kingdom, Member
Thanks, Anneke for such an interesting and useful post and also to Monty for his reaction. There's certainly a case for enforcement, yet this is becom...Sign up


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