Who does wrong when an organisation does wrong?
Collins, Stephanie. (2018). Who does wrong when an organisation does wrong? In In Hess, Kendy, Igneski, Violetta and Isaacs, Tracy Lynn (Ed.). Collectivity : Ontology, ethics, and social justice pp. 197-220 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc..
|Editors||Hess, Kendy, Igneski, Violetta and Isaacs, Tracy Lynn|
[Extract] Every time I open a newspaper, I read about organizations doing wrong: a police force violently prevents people from holding an outlawed vote; a national military razes the houses of an ethnic minority; a car manufacturer fiddles its emissions data; and so on. Often, it’s obvious that some (if not all) members of the organization have done wrong—and it’s obvious who at least some of these wrongdoers are. However, how far does this extend throughout the organization? Have those members who remained silent—while not directly enacting the wrong—also done wrong, in the sense of having performed a blameworthy act?
Other cases are even more difficult. Think of systematic discrimination in a company’s hiring processes or in a state’s policies. These wrongdoings are temporally and spatially dispersed. In such cases, it might be clear that some members did wrong in the past.1 However, it is much more difficult to pin down which current members—if any—are doing, or have done, wrong. Current members are my concern here.
|Book title||Collectivity : Ontology, ethics, and social justice|
|Publisher||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.|
|Place of publication||London ; New York|
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|Deposited||23 Jul 2021|
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