Situated Techno-Ethics in Businesses

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Abstract

The continuous inclusion of new technologies in organizations challenges business ethics and creates new problematics in work life. Managers in particular are challenged insofar as they must learn how to adapt general technological hardware to local organizational needs and work habits. Based on new empirical research conducted in Danish health care organizations, it investigates how managers experience technologies and how these experiences affect their professional ethics; it asks: a) What kinds of ethics do managers consider when using new technologies? b) How are these ethics negotiated? Using a techno-human practice approach—which takes into account both human and non-human entities as the basis of moral judgment—the new technologically-induced ethical dilemmas faced by managers are discussed. A typology of techno-ethics is introduced, which presents situated ways of engaging with technologies in businesses. By employing multiple ethics connected to the use of technologies in organizations might make managers more ethically responsible in decisions concerning technologies.
Translated title of the contributionTeknologi i foretningsetik
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness and Professional Ethics Journal
Volume34
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)71-94
Number of pages15
ISSN0277-2027
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • health care
  • Management
  • technology
  • practice-based research
  • science and technology studies

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