Mendoza School of Business

Ethical Blind Spots

Published: June 30, 2011 / Author: Jason Zasky

You’re not living up to the ethical standard that
you think you are. That’s one of the core messages of “Blind Spots: Why We Fail
to Do What’s Right and What to Do About it” (Princeton University Press), a new
book by university professors Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel, which
examines why people overestimate their ability to do what’s right, and why they
act unethically without meaning to. “Ethics interventions have failed and will
continue to fail because they are predicated on a false assumption: that
individuals recognize an ethical dilemma when it is presented to them,” write
Bazerman and Tenbrunsel, explaining one of the important implications of their

With the above in mind, I contacted Tenbrunsel by
phone to discuss “Blind Spots.” Among other things, we addressed why
traditional ethics interventions are inadequate, and why people don’t notice or
report the ethical failures of others.

To read the interview visit: Ethical Blind Spots.


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