Dynamics in responsible behavior in search of mechanisms for coping with responsibility

Olaf Fisscher, André Nijhof, Herman Steensma

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    In this article the authors focus on the emergence, or disappearance, of notions of responsibility in social dynamic processes. Hence, the starting point in this article is concrete behavior within organisational settings. This article presents a systematic overview of mechanisms related to acting upon a sense of moral responsibility. Some of these mechanisms are based on individual characteristics, others are embedded in the social context wherein responsible behaviour emerges or disappears. In this article, various mechanisms are identified and labelled in order to analyse what types of processes are behind the mechanisms. In this way, the article yields important understandings for the conscious use of these mechanisms to strengthen responsible behavior within organisations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-224
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of business ethics
    Issue number44
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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