Normal Organizational Wrongdoing: A Critical Analysis of Theories of Misconduct in and by…

Paperback | October 23, 2013

byDonald Palmer

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Instances of wrongdoing in and by organizations have featured heavily in news headlines in recent years. Why do organizational participants - employees, managers, senior officials - engage in illegal, unethical, and socially irresponsible behavior? The dominant view of wrongdoing as an abnormal phenomenon assumes that the perpetrator is a rational, proactive actor, working in isolation. However, Palmer develops an alternative approach in this book, examining wrongdoing as a normal occurrence, produced by boundedly rational actors whosebehaviour is shaped by the immediate social context over a period of time.The book provides a comprehensive critical review of the theory and research on organizational wrongdoing. By using rich case study material, it illuminates different perspectives, potential explanations, and policy suggestions for the reduction of organizational wrongdoing.

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Instances of wrongdoing in and by organizations have featured heavily in news headlines in recent years. Why do organizational participants - employees, managers, senior officials - engage in illegal, unethical, and socially irresponsible behavior? The dominant view of wrongdoing as an abnormal phenomenon assumes that the perpetrator i...

Donald Palmer is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis. He has served as Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and as chair of the Department of Sociology at Reed College. Professor Palmer has conducted quantitative empirical st...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:October 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. The Normal Organizational Wrongdoing Perspective2. Definitions, Theory Development, and Method3. A Rational Choice4. The Cultural Embeddedness Account5. Behavioral Decision Theory6. The Administrative System Account7. Situational Social Influence8. The Power Structure Account9. Accidental Wrongdoing10. The Social Control of Organizational WrongdoingConclusion

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"Donald Palmer has developed a provocative argument about the inevitability of organizational wrongdoing. What we have here is a critical, inclusive, sociological analysis that takes the perspective of embedded wrongdoers[The book] could easily be a basic text for organizational studiescourses of any kind. Why? Basic positions are presented and compared. Ethics are not compartmentalized. Applications are not oversimplified. Readers understand more clearly why organizational participants may develop a cynical outlook." --Karl Weick, ASQ, 14/07/2013