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Normal Organizational Wrongdoing: A Critical Analysis of Theories of Misconduct in and by Organizations Hardcover – December 12, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0199573592 ISBN-10: 019957359X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019957359X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199573592
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Donald Palmer has developed a provocative argument about the inevitability of organizational wrongdoing. What we have here is a critical, inclusive, sociological analysis that takes the perspective of embedded wrongdoers...[The book] could easily be a basic text for organizational studies courses of any kind. Why? Basic positions are presented and compared. Ethics are not compartmentalized. Applications are not oversimplified. Readers understand more clearly why organizational participants may develop a cynical outlook." --Administrative Science Quarterly

"Palmer's book is both important and timely... [and his] exploration of these questions covers a wide range of disciplines -- sociology, psychology, social psychology, criminology, political science, economics, and philosophy -- giving his book an impressive breadth. He provides thorough and careful descriptions and illustrations of eight specific explanations of organizational wrongdoing... Anyone with an interest in corporate scandals will find these case studies rich and compelling." --Contemporary Sociology

"...Palmer provides an overview of the underlying theories, drawing on a range of disciplines - sociology, economics, psychology, ethics and management - and provides examples showing how each explanation can be applied... the book is very useful for anyone interested in organizations and ethics. With his fine review of relevant theories and by providing a wealth of examples, Palmer is able to demonstrate that organizational wrongdoing is indeed 'normal', as his title suggests." --Work Employment Society Review

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Donald Palmer, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis

Donald Palmer is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis. He has served as Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and as chair of the Department of Sociology at Reed College. Professor Palmer has conducted quantitative empirical studies on corporate strategy, structure, and inter-organizational relations and qualitative studies of organizational wrongdoing, which have been published in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, Research in the Sociology of Organizations Administrative Science Quarterly, Research in Organizational Behavior, Strategic Organization, and Journal of Management Inquiry. He was an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly from 2000 to 2002 and Editor of the journal from 2003 to 2008.

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Prof. Palmer is obviously very passionate about this subject. I have enjoyed this technical book more than most technical business books. It's informative, well researched, and certainly worth the time for any business professional to learn and understand. Corporate ethics are no longer optional. This is a good book to get you oriented with the complexity that are Waterworld presents business professionals.
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