CHAPTER 15

Ethics in Managing Corporate Power and Politics

Duane Windsor

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

This chapter addresses teaching the topic of the ethical management of corporate power and politics in organizations. Ethical management concerns the principled application of power and politics, as defined by personal values and widely expected norms (Cavanagh, Moberg, and Velasquez 1981). The topic of corporate power and politics lies at the interface of politics, ethics, and leadership. This interface position complicates teaching and learning, because instructors and students need to understand three literatures in some depth and also in relationship to one another in actual organizational settings. The topic ...

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