The Escalation of Deception in Organizations

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The Escalation of Deception in Organizations
I am happy and sad to read this article, written by Peter Fleming and Stelios C. Zyglidopoulos (2008), ‘The Escalation of Deception in Organizations’. Just knowing how easily deception starts, how it escalates and how it can end if left unchecked is shocking! Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto Vl, is right on target when he wrote, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” Individuals weave complex webs with threads of deception, corporation, escalation, lying and unethical behavior that can manifest from the inside or outside of any organizations. This behavior can and will encompass unsuspecting employees and investors who may inadvertently become involved without their knowledge. This article explains, to its readers, why it is imperative to understand where this organizational killer starts, be aware of how it escalates and how moderators can prevent the deception from escalating into an organizational level phenomenon.
The happy news is that escalation of deceit to the organizational level (the end) can be prevented altogether. If escalation has already started and caught in an early stage, this phenomenon can be halted and reversed using these two moderators; Commitment and implementation of a corporate code of ethics explained by Sommers, (2001), Adam and Rachman-Moore (2004), O’Dwyer and Madden (2006) and Effective Control Systems, Rosanas and Velila (2005).
A morally matured person acts and behaves around the universal ethical principles, whereas, morally immature people will act and behave around egocentric motivations, Kohlberg (1969). Understanding the maturity level of the corporation’s management team is will determine the success a monitoring system would provide. For example, when a control system’s put into place, a morally immature people will most likely not monitor…...

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