Rationalization, Overcompensation and the Escalation of Corruption in Organizations

Journal of Business Ethics 84 (S1):65 - 73 (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

An important area of business ethics research focuses on how otherwise normal and law-abiding individuals can engage in acts of corruption. Key in this literature is the concept of rationalization. This is where individuals attempt to justify past and future corrupt deeds to themselves and others. In this article, we argue that rationalization often entails a process of overcompensation whereby the justification forwarded is excessive in relation to the actual act. Such over-rationalization provides an impetus for further and more serious acts of illegality. Using a number of high profile cases, it is argued that this dynamic gap between the act and excessive rationalization can explain why corruption often escalates in severity and scope in the organization

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,385

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Escalation of Deception in Organizations.Peter Fleming & Stelios C. Zyglidopoulos - 2008 - Journal of Business Ethics 81 (4):837-850.
Rationalizing our Way into Moral Progress.Jesse S. Summers - 2017 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 20 (1):93-104.
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc: Some Benefits of Rationalization.Jesse S. Summers - 2017 - Philosophical Explorations 20 (sup1):21-36.
Rationalizing our Way into Moral Progress.Jesse S. Summers - forthcoming - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (5):1-12.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
38 (#415,093)

6 months
7 (#617,448)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

References found in this work

Moral mazes: the world of corporate managers.Robert Jackall - 1988 - New York: Oxford University Press.
The challenge of ethical behavior in organizations.Ronald R. Sims - 1992 - Journal of Business Ethics 11 (7):505 - 513.
The Parallax View.Slavoj Žižek - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (2):255-269.
The Parallax View.Slavoj Žižek - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (2):255-269.

View all 12 references / Add more references