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Advisory anxieties: ethical individualisation in the UK consulting industry

O'Mahoney, Joseph ORCID: 2011. Advisory anxieties: ethical individualisation in the UK consulting industry. Journal of Business Ethics 104 (1) , pp. 101-113. 10.1007/s10551-011-0892-z

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Theorists have long argued that a process of individualisation is inherent in conditions of late modernity. Whilst individualisation has been acknowledged in the business ethics literature, studies have often overlooked the processes by which individuals are given greater responsibility for ethical decision making and the personal and institutional effects of this responsibility. This article develops a notion of 'ethical individualisation' to help one understand and explore how and why ethical responsibility is being devolved to employees in the UK consulting industry. The article argues that an individualised ethics is incapable of preventing malpractice in the face of institutional conflicts of interest.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Beck; Consulting; Ethics; Identity; Individualisation; Professional Service Firms
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0167-4544
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:13

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