2nd International Workshop on Insights in Organisational Justice and Behavioural Ethics

27 & 28 June 2011
Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK


In the post-Enron and post-Madoff era MBA students at top business schools promise to serve the greater good by acting responsibly, ethically and refrain from advancing their own narrow ambitions at the expense of others. This sudden rise of interest regarding ethics at work from practitioners and journalists sheds some new light on the deep and long-lasting work undertaken by organisational justice and behavioural ethics researchers.

Organisational justice has for long studied how managers and their organisations’ behaviours and policies are judged as (un)fair by employees and how this impacts the level of performance and well being at work, for example through its impact on affective experience. The importance of morality in the driving of justice judgements has recently become a topic in the justice literature, for instance in work on fairness theory and its subcomponent the deontic model of justice. Similarly, research and theorising on behavioural ethics has been concerned with explaining individual behaviour that occurs in the context of larger social prescriptions, including clearly unethical behaviours (such as lying, cheating and stealing), ethical behaviours, defined as those acts that reach some minimal moral standard (such as honesty or obeying the law), and ethical behaviour that exceed moral minimums (such as charitable giving and whistle-blowing). The International Workshop on Insights in Organisational Justice and Behavioural Ethics is a forum for exploring the extent to which both traditions share concepts in common.

European researchers have a long tradition of applying principles of social psychology to the study of social justice and have recently come to extend the research on this topic to management and organisations. However, there are few opportunities for us to congregate on European soil with like-minded researchers from around the world. Time has appeared ripe therefore for a conference that could make links between behavioural ethics and organisational justice as well as between North American and European researchers. In order to show the focus of its members on doing and diffusing research on topics that might help to identify and solve dangers of unethicality and unfairness at work, the group of researchers that has launched this biennial conference has named itself the justice league.

Its first conference was held in July 2009 at EMLYON Business School in France. In 2011 the second conference of the justice league will be held at the Business School of Aston University in Birmingham, England. 

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