Recent research reveals we are not as ethical as we would like to believe. Professor Max H. Bazerman discusses his new book, “Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do. Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It. Max H. Bazerman. Ann E. Tenbrunsel. Copyright Date: Edition: STU – Student edition. “Blind Spots is a bold argument against the decency of human beings, showing how we subvert our ethical principles time and time again. Noting a human.

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Would you like sots tell us about a lower price? Knowing that your bazsrman self will exert undue pressure at the time of the decision and increase the odds that self-interest will dominate can help you use self-control strategies to curb that influence.

We asked Bazerman to discuss some of the ideas behind the book. When confronted with an ethical dilemma, most of us like to think we would stand up for our principles.

Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It

The “want” self—that part of us which behaves according to self-interest and, bazeramn, without regard for moral principles—is silent during the planning stage of a decision but typically emerges and dominates at the time of the decision. I purchased it for a business class and enjoyed reading it.

Ann’s teaching assistant used a similar precommitment strategy to constrain her “want” self during finals week. You say in general they don’t work, and in fact can cause unethical behavior. The authors demonstrate how ethical standards shift, how we neglect to notice and act on the unethical behavior of others, and how compliance initiatives can actually promote unethical behavior.

They also introduce some useful concepts for describing spofs of the processes involved. Tenbrunsel is the Blond and Alice A. From the collapse of Enron and corruption in the tobacco industry, to sales of the defective Ford Pinto, the downfall of Bernard Madoff, and the Challenger vazerman shuttle disaster, the authors investigate the nature of ethical failures in the business world and beyond, and illustrate how we can become more ethical, bridging the gap between who we are and who we want to be.


This is worth mentioning only because it helps to clarify what these authors are interested in, and what we should expect them to accomplish. Book excerpt from Blind Spots: Organizations can monitor how they are creating institutions, structures, and incentives that bline the likelihood of bounded ethicality. I would say that we see current programs as bazer,an, due to the limited attention given to bounded ethicality—or the ways in which good people do bad things without knowing that they are doing so.

Why don’t traditional approaches to thinking about ethics work? The Power of Noticing: If one expects to find a work of advanced ethical theory in Blindspots, one will surely be disappointed. The authors adopt a lively tone throughout and harness a broad mix of examples, from lab experiments to the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster and the collapse of Enron.

One person found this helpful. About the Author Max H. Hidden Biases of Good People Paperback.

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In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Narrowing The Gap To help our negotiation students anticipate the influence of the “want” self on decisions that have an ethical dimension, we ask them to prepare for the very question they hope won’t be asked.

While some of the things in this book could be debated, it also offers a lot of great explanations and gives a different perspective to ethics. Bazerman and Ann E. Readers can immediately relate this back to their own lives or the lives of people they know due to the understandable explanations the book gives to its main sections.

We operate under a higher standard. Bazerman and Tenbrunsel, I think, do offer a great deal of useful and intelligent advice to their readers regarding our ethical blind spots— particularly when such blind spots are encouraged or reinforced by institutional structures. Good people do bad things without being aware bazsrman they are doing anything wrong. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


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We saw an opportunity to contribute to our understanding of how so many unethical acts occur. How is it possible that the managers of the feeder funds simply failed to notice that Madoff’s performance reached a level of return and stability that was impossible?

When preparing for a job negotiation, for example, we encourage them to be ready to field questions about other offers they may have. One useful way to prepare for the onslaught of the “want” self is to think about the motivations that are likely to influence you at the time you make a decision, as Ann [Tenbrunsel] and her colleagues have demonstrated in their research.

When confronted with an ethical dilemma, most of us like to think we would stand up for our principles. Read more Read less.

Suggesting innovative individual and group tactics for improving human judgment, Blind Spots shows us how to secure a place for ethics in our workplaces, institutions, and daily lives.

Recognizing why we do this blinv how we can get out of the trap is the subject of the new book, Blind Spots: The point of increasing your accuracy in the planning stage bazetman decision making isn’t to recognize that you will be influenced by self-interested motives and admit defeat to the “want” self.

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