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Business ethics and human resource management: Themes and issues

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Abstract:

Reports on the conference on Ethical Issues in Contemporary Human Resource Management, held in April 1996. Notes concerns raised at the conference relating to a lowering of employment standards. These included factors such as: insecurity and risk, transfer of risk and surveillance and control. Suggests a number of alternative ethical frameworks useful in an analysis of HRM, including such elements as: basic human, civil and employment rights, universalism and community of purpose. Considers methods of defending such an ethical focus from charges of utopianism, and suggests that ethical HRM will be a developing theme over the next few years.

Keywords: Employment; Ethics; Human resource management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00483489610148491

Publication date: December 1, 1996

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