Managerial Ethics: Moral Management of People and Processes

By Marshall Schminke | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Software and Hard Choices: Ethical Considerations in the Facilitation of a Sociotechnical System

Terri L. Griffith Washington University

Gregory B. Northcraft University of Illinois

Mark A. Fuller Baylor University

The past decade has seen exponential growth in technological capabilities. Computer chip speed doubles approximately every 18 months, and subsequent organizational and personal computing opportunities are keeping pace. The growth of computing and network capabilities are bringing anytime/anyplace work into reality. Working in a single office is giving way to hoteling, in which employees schedule shared workspace only for the time they need it; telecommuting, in which computers are used to work away from the office, at the client's place of business, at home, or on a plane; teleconferencing; and electronic meetings.

The World Wide Web and other Internet resources behind many of these advances also make it easier for software piracy, hacking, the dissemination of software viruses, and other electronic ills to affect millions of individuals and corporations worldwide. However, the ethical issues raised by these blatantly sociopathic behaviors are simplistic when compared to the subtle dilemmas raised by the nexus of social and technological (sociotechnical) aspects of work.

Sociotechnical systems are attempts to find the social and technological arrangement that meets both the needs of the [group members] in terms of the quality of their working life and organizational goals" ( Pasmore & Sherwood, 1978, p. 41). The objective is to combine features of the social components of the organization with features of the technical components in balanced and synergistic relationships.


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Managerial Ethics: Moral Management of People and Processes


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 233

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?