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Definitions, Theoretical Development, and Method

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/9780199573592.003.0003
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This chapter elaborates three underlying criteria according to which organizational behavior can be considered wrongful: the law, ethics, and social responsibility. It then outlines two alternative approaches to defining organizational wrongdoing that capture these three underlying criteria: the exegetical and sociological approaches. After considering the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, it opts for the sociological one and describes it in more detail. The chapter also describes the nature of the theoretical explanations of wrongdoing developed in the book, and the empirical evidence offered in the book. It characterizes the book as being simultaneously based on a theoretical analysis of prior theory and research on organizational wrongdoing, and rooted in qualitative empirical analyses of actual instances of organizational wrongdoing.

Keywords: organizational wrongdoing; illegal behavior; unethical behavior; socially irresponsible behavior; qualitative data; case study method

Chapter.  7509 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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