The Foundations of Organizational Evil

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2014-05-14
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Numerous reprehensible corporate, governmental, and nonprofit activities over recent years have highlighted the existence of organizational evil. Unlike other works on the topic, this book fully develops the concept of organizational evil, conceptually weaving the interchange between evil individuals (microlevel) who ultimately create the organizational environment that is evil, and the macrolevel elements of policy, culture, and manipulations of the social environment. The Foundations of Organizational Evil argues that the existence and maintenance of an evil organization is a complex interaction of individuals, organizations, and environmental factors. The book achieves five distinct objectives: it gives professionals, scholars, and students a broad understanding of evil from a conceptual and practical vantage; it provides a scientific paradigm for interdisciplinary research and theory; it serves as a synthesis linking the divergent, interdisciplinary perspectives on evil into a cohesive whole, making it the seminal work in the field; it provides a better understanding of the potential relationships between organizational evil and various aspects of organizational functioning; and it integrates a philosophical and pragmatic understanding of organizational evil into a coherent approach to management and administration in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Author Biography

Carole L. Jurkiewicz is the Woman's Hospital Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Management and the John W. Dupuy Endowed Professor in the Public Administration Institute of the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. Her work focuses on organizational performance as a function of employee ethicality and organizational structure. She has published widely in the areas of organizational and individual performance, ethics, power, and leadership. She also brings to her academic career many years of experience as an executive in private and nonprofit organizations, and as a consultant to governments.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xix
The Nature of Organizational Evil
Evil at Workp. 3
The Dynamics of Administrative Evil in Organizationsp. 16
Machiavellians and Organizational Evilp. 31
Evil in Public Administration: A Contrary Perspectivep. 77
On the Psychology of Evil in Interpersonal and Corporate Contextsp. 87
Understanding Organizational Evil
Power in Organizations: Good vs. Evilp. 105
Holy Evilp. 124
Imagining and Managing Organizational Evilp. 142
For "the Greater Good": Exposing the Parody of Necessary Evil-Exemplars from Organizational Lifep. 163
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa: Understanding Roots of and Responses to Societal Evilp. 180
Unconsciousness and Organizational Evilp. 188
The Four Roots of Organizational Evilp. 203
Faces of Organizational Evil
The Evil of Utopiap. 225
Lawyers' Ethics in Declinep. 245
The Moral Dimension of Security Outsourcingp. 258
Devolutionp. 277
Organizational Systemic Factors of Evil in an Academic University Culturep. 289
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 299
Indexp. 307
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