Ethical Perspectives in People Management

Mona Sinha


Business ethics has emerged as a field of study and as an issue of critical importance in the business world, in recent years. This interest has been increased; it can be suggested, by a series of corporate and government scandals resulting in an explosion in academic publications. An extremely important component of making business more ethical is to take the ethical aspects of managing people seriously (Winstanley and Woodall 2000a). Over the last decade, there have been a number of books, edited collections (Parker 1988a; Winstanley and Woodall 2000b; Woodall and Winstanley 2001), and articles published on ethics in academic journals and elsewhere. Nevertheless, ethics in HRM, has not really kept pace with developments in the broader field of business ethics.

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