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Just a Job?Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life$
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George Cheney, Dan Lair, Dean Ritz, and Brenden Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182774.001.0001

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Reconsidering Organizations as Cultures of Integrity

Reconsidering Organizations as Cultures of Integrity

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(p.159) 5 Reconsidering Organizations as Cultures of Integrity
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Just a Job?
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George Cheney (Contributor Webpage)

Daniel J. Lair

Dean Ritz

Brenden E. Kendall

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182774.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the modern organization as a unit of life experience that is taken for granted yet little understood, showing how organizational culture shapes and sustains integrity (or doesn't). Considering a number of root metaphors for the organization, including machine, organism, person, and family, the chapter looks at the various ways ethics are cast in each case. Reviewing the typical ways that organizations engage ethics, including through codes of ethics, ethics officers, and the movement toward corporate social responsibility, the chapter concludes that all of them are valuable yet limited in scope. By showing how ethics can be woven into the entire fabric of messages and interactions in an organization, the chapter advances a wider perspective on virtue and culture in organizational life.

Keywords:   Bureaucracy, Codes of ethics, Corporation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Family, Machine, Max Weber, Metaphor, Organizational culture, Rhetoric

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