I recently finished Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely after it got high praise in my office from Andrew and Albert. It is a great book and one that anyone interested in sales, placebo‘s, and the “why” behind the everyday choices we make should read.
It also changed my view on something that I thought my mind was made up on – something I get to below.
How does signing an ethics agreement play a role in your future actions?
There is a chapter on how ethics play a role in your psychology when faced with a choice to cheat. Does getting caught have an impact? How about being presented with psychological primers before the test? What did a group of students do under these circumstances? These and other questions get explored.
I love these types of situations, and like them more when they are tested.
This all reminded me however of a conversation I had with my friend Amanda Peyton (MBA blog) about her (at the time) upcoming appearance on the Daily Show. I have embedded the clip at the bottom of this post.
Essentially there is a group of students who feel that an MBA code of ethics should be signed up all. This particular group decided not to sign the docs, and initial I agreed. I felt that the implications were inherently negative, its unenforceable, and a few other issues.
Either way, Predictibly Irrational changed my mind on the issue, and I feel that folks who sign something are less likely to cheat (or be unethical) in the future. The testing in the book introduces ethics concerns right at the time of potential cheating, but I still feel it would have some impact vs. doing nothing at all.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|MBA Ethics Oath|
What do you think?
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