12 Wyo. L. Rev. 277 (2012)
Compliance as a Subtle Precursor to Ethical Corrosion: A Strength-Based Approach as a Way Forward

handle is hein.journals/wylr12 and id is 293 raw text is: WYOMING LAW REVIEw
VOLUME 12     2012      NUMBER 2

COMPLIANCE AS A SUBTLE PRECURSOR TO
ETHICAL CORROSION: A STRENGTH-BASED
APPROACH AS A WAY FORWARD
Leslie E. Sekerka, Ph.D.*
I.    INTRODUCTION     ...................................................................................... 278
II.   CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ......................................................... 279
III.  ACKNOWLEDGING VULNERABILITY ............................................................ 282
IV.   ETHICS AS PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED ......................................................... 287
V.    ETHICAL   CORROSION   .............................................................................. 288
VI.   PROFESSIONAL MORAL COURAGE ............................................................. 290
VII.  M  ORAL  COMPETENCIES ........................................................................... 291
A.   Em  otional Signaling  ........................................................................ 292
B.   Reflective Pause  ............................................................................... 292
C.  Self-regulation  ................................................................................. 293
D .  M oral Preparation  ........................................................................... 294
VIII. ORGANIZATIONAL ETHICAL STRENGTH ..................................................... 295
IX.   RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEADERS ........................................................... 299
X .   C ONCLUSION    ......................................................................................... 300
ABSTRACT
If firms espouse to care for people and the planet in route to making a profit,
why do organizations continue to operate as incubators for unprincipled thoughts,
plans, and deeds? While many leaders strive to meet the regulatory requirements
with the best of intentions, ensuring they are communicated, implemented, and
* Professor of Management, Director, Ethics in Action Research and Education Center.
This article is adapted from the chapter by Leslie E. Sekerka, Justin D. McCarthy, & Richard P.
Bagozzi, Developing the Capacity for Professional Moral Courage. Facing Daily Ethical Challenges in
Today's Military Workplace, in MORAL COURAGE IN ORGANIZATIONS: DOING THE RIGHT THING AT
WORK 130, 130-41 (Debra R. Comer & Gina Vega eds., 2011). This article also draws upon Dr.
Sekerka's experiences in conducting business ethics workshops and seminars with industry leaders
and managers in the energy, government, defense, healthcare, and technology industries.

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