A cursory review of behavioral ethics research reveals a growing interest in what scholars regularly refer to as the “dark side,” a genre of studies in which concepts that are generally regarded as positive and good are shown to be associated with some sort of negative or bad outcomes. We employ philosophical and institutional lenses to explain why any concept would have a dark side and why researchers would be drawn to it. We then take a social scientific point of view to consider how the dark side of various constructs is typically revealed. Finally, we discuss the implications of dark side research, paying particular attention to the negative implications (no irony intended) focusing on the dark side has for the practice of research and the practice of management.
Reynolds, S.J. and Bae, E. (2019), "The Dark Side: Giving Context and Meaning to a Growing Genre of Ethics-related Research", Business Ethics (Business and Society 360, Vol. 3), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 239-258. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2514-175920190000003009Download as .RIS
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