Open workshop by Chris MacDonald: Cynicism as Precursor to Unethical Behaviour

The aim of the Open Workshop Series in Business and Management Studies is to promote top-quality academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences. This is a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge and networking with local and international community members.

15:00 - 17:00 Friday 13/10/2017

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Room 507

Speaker: Prof. Chris MacDonald, Ted Rodgers School of Business Management, Ryerson University, Canada

Cynicism is widely understood to be a problem in modern workplaces. Cynicism in the relevant sense is an attitude characterized roughly by a lack of trust, by skepticism, and by a belief that others are generally motivated by self-interest. This presentation will discuss a proposed connection between cynicism, on one hand, and unethical workplace behaviour, on the other. The preliminary results of a new empirical study will be discussed. A conceptual model will be presented linking the two phenomena, and possible causal linkages will be explored.

Chris MacDonald is a professor, writer, speaker and consultant on ethics. MacDonald has been at the Ted Rogers School of Management since August 2012. His expertise in the field of ethics has led to him receiving a number of awards over the years, including being named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics,” four years in a row by Ethisphere magazine. MacDonald has also been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behaviour” by Trust Across America in 2011 and 2012. A philosopher by training, MacDonald is also the creator and co-editor of the Business Ethics Journal Review and the author of the highly-regarded Business Ethics Blog. MacDonald has a strong commitment to leadership studies, as demonstrated by his continued development of programs that enable students to become leaders.

Please sign up for the seminar, writing to by October 11th, 2017.

Workshop is supported by the National Research Program 5.2 EKOSOC - LV

The aim of the SSE Riga Open Workshop Series is to:

  • to foster cooperation between business and management researchers, practitioners and policy makers, as well as
  • to promote academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences, focusing on but not limited to entrepreneurship, marketing, management, public administration and strategy.

Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga.

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