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Organizational Factors in the Individual Ethical Behaviour. The Notion of the “Organizational Moral Structure”

Paulina Roszkowska () and Domènec Melé ()
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Paulina Roszkowska: al. Niepodległości 162
Domènec Melé: IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Humanistic Management Journal, 2021, vol. 6, issue 2, No 4, 187-209

Abstract: Abstract Various organizational factors reported in the hitherto literature affect individual (mis)behaviour within a company. In this paper, we conduct a literature review thereof, and propose a notion of the “Organizational Moral Structure” defined as a comprehensive framework of interrelated organizational factors that condition, incite or influence good or bad moral behaviour of individuals within the organization. Drawing from a wide bibliographical review and our own reflection on recent business scandals, we identify seven constituents of the “Organizational Moral Structure”: 1) leader’s values and character, 2) vision and exercise of power, 3) corporate control systems, 4) internal network of influence, 5) organizational culture, 6) internal and competitive pressures, and 7) external influences. The “Organizational Moral Structure” is proposed as a reflective framework for humanistic management and as an invitation to further research in this field. We provide recommendations on how a manager oriented towards humanistic management can use the OMS to secure and promote well-being and dignity of company’s employees.

Keywords: Corporate scandals; Humanistic management; Individual ethical behaviour; Moral responsibility; Organizational Moral Structure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-020-00080-z

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