Why do efforts designed to improve ethical behavior in the workplace continue to over promise and under deliver? This presentation will explore the role that moral blindspots play in unethical behavior as a potential explanation. Drawing on the burgeoning field of behavioral ethics, which examines how and why people behave the way they do in the face of ethical dilemmas, discussion will reveal that much of our ethical behavior occurs without conscious awareness, leading to a gap between perceptions of our ethicality and our actual ethicality. Ignoring these blindspots is argued to be a root cause of why well-intended efforts to improve ethical behavior continue to disappoint. The presentation will focus on the causes of these blindspots, including ethical illusions, ethical fading, sanctioning systems, and motivated blindness. The talk will conclude with insights on how to overcome these dangerous obstacles to ethical behavior.
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