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Two Perspectives On Organizational Wrongdoing

Donald Palmer

in Normal Organizational Wrongdoing

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199573592
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738715 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573592.003.0002
Two Perspectives On Organizational Wrongdoing

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This chapter describes the two main perspectives on organizational wrongdoing, the abnormal and normal perspectives, in detail. It also describes the two main approaches to explaining wrongdoing, the dominant and alternative approaches, in depth. The chapter also establishes the link between the abnormal and normal perspectives on organizational wrongdoing, the dominant and alternative approaches to explaining the causes of wrongdoing, and the eight specific explanations of wrongdoing that form the core of the book. The eight specific explanations focus on rational choice, culture, ethical decision-making, administrative systems, situational social influence, power structures, accidental behavior, and the social control of wrongdoing. The chapter illustrates the two approaches to explaining organizational wrongdoing with a detailed description of a professional bicycle racer's experience with the use of banned performance-enhancing substances. It concludes with a few remarks about the book's overarching message.

Keywords: organizational wrongdoing; rational choice; culture; ethical decision-making; administrative systems; situational social influence; power structure; accidental wrongdoing; social control; professional bicycle racing

Chapter.  7475 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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