Ethical/Deontological Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology

José M. Prieto, Pedro Chacón and Carolina Marín

in The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739165
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Ethical/Deontological Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology

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Pragmatism is the prevailing philosophical framework in work and organizational (W/O) psychology and so is an a posteriori perspective, a justification dependent on consequences of psychological actions and values that highlight transactions. Deontological codes are mere descriptions of inappropriate practices, and deontological committees are not final decision makers on ethics in the profession. Conflicts or complaints are examined privately first, and disagreements have recourse to law. Human rights in the workplace have been outcomes of political and legal actions, never based on ethical allegations (too conservative or religious, often). W/O psychology values, issues, and dilemmas were not taken into consideration in the elaboration of deontological codes for decades. Complaints in this area are rare, and controversial issues such as discrimination, plagiarism, and sexual behaviour are understood differently in W/O psychology. Human resources and global economy policies are interconnected and international (ISO) or national standards and norms abound in the field.

Keywords: pragmatism and ethics; business ethics; descriptive ethics; discrimination in the workplace; sexual behavior in the workplace; plagiarism; industrial psychology and ethics; organizational psychology and ethics; work psychology and ethics; personn

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Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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