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Business Ethics and Organizational Values: A by O. Thyssen

By O. Thyssen

Organizational values are a sizzling subject as inner most and public firms usually are not merely evaluated in response to their items and earnings, but additionally based on the conditions of the product - labour stipulations, fabrics, dangers, human rights and social responsibility. Values are changing into the defining identification of businesses.

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He sees it as his mission to develop a medical technique and to ensure its use. Again, he pushes his clients in front of him: they will be able to get help. In the end, it is demanded that no one must suffer and no one must die. The risk of that can always be reduced through increased efforts. The fact that this will lead to longer waiting lists does not pose a problem to the doctor. That is merely a question of increasing resources. In Denmark, between 1993 and 1997, the right to be treated for infertility slowly found its way into public health services.

The leap from seeing a connection to claiming that this connection is active, that is, to isolate it as the cause, is small and almost imperceptible. However, it is a leap which has sizeable consequences. It is a leap from a moral language of action to a technical language of objects. The language changes from being about people, who can be held accountable, to things that do not act but are acted upon. Victimization • the right to describe oneself as a manipulated object that does not act but is acted upon or treated • the right to locate responsibility outside oneself • the right to demand public solutions to private problems • the right to complain • the right to hold double standards Result: • strain on bureaucracy • permanent increase of expenses Professional therapists develop a language of objects which they offer up to their customers or clients.

131–69. Jürgen Habermas speaks of the ‘linguistification of the sacred’ in The Theory of Communicative Action, Boston, 1989, vol. 2, p. 145. Narcissism, asserts Christopher Lasch, ‘appears realistically to represent the best way of coping with the tensions and anxieties of modern life, and the prevailing social conditions therefore tend to bring out narcissistic traits that are present, in varying degrees, in everyone’ (The Culture of Narcissism, New York, 1979, p. 101). By the ‘prevailing social conditions’ Lasch refers to the bureaucracies which both private and public organizations have developed.

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