Business ethics and human resource management

Diana Winstanley (Imperial College Management School, London, UK)
Jean Woodall (Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK)
Edmund Heery (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Reports on the conference on Ethical Issues in Contemporary Human Resource Management, held in April 1996. Notes concerns raised at the conference relating to a lowering of employment standards. These included factors such as: insecurity and risk, transfer of risk and surveillance and control. Suggests a number of alternative ethical frameworks useful in an analysis of HRM, including such elements as: basic human, civil and employment rights, universalism and community of purpose. Considers methods of defending such an ethical focus from charges of utopianism, and suggests that ethical HRM will be a developing theme over the next few years.



Winstanley, D., Woodall, J. and Heery, E. (1996), "Business ethics and human resource management", Personnel Review, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 5-12.

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