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On the dark side of codes: domination not enlightenment
Swedish Business School, Örebro University, SE 701 82 Örebro, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business. (Helin. S. Sandström, J. & Clegg, S.)
Swedish Business School, Örebro University, SE 701 82 Örebro, Sweden.
School of Management, University of Technology Box 123, Broadway NSW 2007, Sydney, Australia.
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, ISSN 0956-5221, Vol. 27, no 1, 24-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 In this paper, we show how a middle manager interprets the action of two employees as problematic and how he solves it by using the company''s code of ethics as the basis for firing them. Our telling of the story unmasks a darker side of codes and we conceptualize it in terms of power and domination. The paper contributes to the literature on corporate codes of ethics (CCEs) and corporate ethics programs by showing that such codes need not necessarily play an enabling role in organizations. Rather than being instruments of enlightenment and self-regulation, they may be used as instruments to further domination.

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Elsevier , 2011. Vol. 27, no 1, 24-33 p.
Keyword [en]
Code; Controll; Domination; Ethics; Narrative; Power
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39760DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2010.12.001OAI: diva2:397583
Available from: 2011-02-15 Created: 2011-02-07 Last updated: 2011-04-01Bibliographically approved

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