Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Psychology Press – 2003 – 512 pages
Series: Applied Psychology Series
Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is one of the first books to integrate work from the fields of moral philosophy, moral psychology, IO Psychology and political and social economy, as well as business. It sets out to provide a "framework for moral action" and presents practical models for ethical decision making. It can serve as a textbook for ethics courses, at the graduate and doctoral level, in organizational psychology, organizational behavior, marketing, and human resource management.
It will be a resource to anyone interested in ethics and standards in psychology and business.
"The final chapter (15) provides a superb conclusion to the book. After laying out the broad moral principles that are the root of ethical action, Lefkowitz guides the reader through three stages of moral and ethical problem solving….This book shouldn't just be on everyone's bookshelf--it ought to be read by everyone in the profession."
"The title of the Lefkowitz book, the latest addition to the Erlbaum series of volumes in applied psychology, tells only half the story. Lefkowitz does indeed take readers through a wide range of issues exploring ethics and values psychologists encounter in industrial and organizational (I/O) consulting, but he also packs a wealth of scholarly depth and pedagogical wisdom into a 493 page paperback volume….a scholarly tour de force integrating moral philosophy and psychology. The first six chapters could stand toe to toe with any philosophy textbook, integrating the work of ethical philosophers with psychological work on moral development."
"Lefkowitz does indeed take readers through a wide range of issues exploring ethics and values psychologists encounter in industrial and organizational (I-O) consulting, but he also packs a wealth of scholarly depth and pedagogical wisdom into a 493 page paperback volume. The final package provides fascinating reading for anyone interested in rapidly acquiring a background in ethical philosophy, as well as learning to teach professional ethics….The book is] a scholarly tour de force integrating moral philosophy and psychology."
"Joel Lefkowitz has taken on a major challenge and the book should be a landmark (maybe even a 'beacon') for the field."
—Edwin A. Fleishman
George Mason University
"This well-organized, beautifully written and surprisingly comprehensive overview of ethics and values is a timely and probably definitive contribution to the professional literature. Lefkowitz deftly lays out the philosophical foundations for morality, then applies them to a range of contemporary problems--a must read for all practitioners."
Hogan Assessment Systems
"The book provides great depth of scholarship, is logically organized, and provocative. It should be required reading for all those entering the field of industrial organizational psychology."
—Daniel R. Ilgen
Michigan State University
"The timing of the book could hardly be better. Our culture is facing massive ethical crises in many sectors of society….Psychologists who work with organizations cannot escape being touched by these forces…Joel's book provides a useful antidote to these problems."
—Clayton P. Alderfer
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Contents: E.A. Fleishman, J.N. Cleveland, Series Foreword. Introduction. Part I:Moral Philosophy and Psychology. Meta-Ethics. Normative Ethical Theories: I. Deontology. Normative Ethical Theories II. Consequentialism. Moral Psychology. Part II:Values. The Central Role of Values in Ethical Decision Making. Values at the Group Level. Values and Value Conflicts in the Professions. Values in Psychology. Business Values: I. The Classical Free-Enterprise Model. Business Values: II. The Revisionist Neo-Liberal Free-Enterprise Model. The Values and Ethics of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Part III:The Ethical Context of Research. Research Ethics: I. Informed Consent and Confidentiality. Research Ethics: II. The Use of Deception. Part IV:Conclusion. Taking Moral Action.