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Normal Organizational WrongdoingA Critical Analysis of Theories of Misconduct in and by Organizations$
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Donald Palmer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573592

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573592.001.0001

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Two Perspectives On Organizational Wrongdoing

Two Perspectives On Organizational Wrongdoing

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(p.6) 2 Two Perspectives On Organizational Wrongdoing
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Normal Organizational Wrongdoing
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Donald Palmer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573592.003.0002

This chapter describes the two main perspectives on organizational wrongdoing, the abnormal and normal perspectives, in detail. It also describes the two main approaches to explaining wrongdoing, the dominant and alternative approaches, in depth. The chapter also establishes the link between the abnormal and normal perspectives on organizational wrongdoing, the dominant and alternative approaches to explaining the causes of wrongdoing, and the eight specific explanations of wrongdoing that form the core of the book. The eight specific explanations focus on rational choice, culture, ethical decision-making, administrative systems, situational social influence, power structures, accidental behavior, and the social control of wrongdoing. The chapter illustrates the two approaches to explaining organizational wrongdoing with a detailed description of a professional bicycle racer's experience with the use of banned performance-enhancing substances. It concludes with a few remarks about the book's overarching message.

Keywords:   organizational wrongdoing, rational choice, culture, ethical decision-making, administrative systems, situational social influence, power structure, accidental wrongdoing, social control, professional bicycle racing

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