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 13/10/2017SSE 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.