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Ethics and HRM
Ethics and HRM
Introduction

This chapter identifies some ways in which established ethical theory can be applied to issues of HRM, and some theoretical issues which are especially salient in HRM.

Modern literature one thical theory contains a number of prominent approaches that are relevant to HRM (see, for example, Solomon, 1992; Winstanley and Woodall, 2000; Claydon, 2000). Some have ancient roots, like virtue ethics, an approach to ethics which suggests that a criterion for judging behaviour can be found in the extent to which the behaviour manifests good character. Such a view can be found both in Aristotle and Confucius. Other well-known approaches include consequentialism, the view that actions can always be assessed in ethical terms just by considering their consequences, and deontology, the ...

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