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Macromarketing & Public Policy / Publication Abstract

Failure of Ethical Leadership: Implications for Stakeholder Theory and “Anti‐Stakeholders”

Jun 1, 2017

Ronald Paul Hill

Macromarketing & Public Policy


Leaders in a variety of organizations are beset by challenges that test their commitments to ethical behavior in interactions with stakeholders who make up their working environments. Situations that present themselves include complex management of expectations, people, and resources, which require novel solutions that also test the boundaries between right and wrong. Such conditions arose after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers. President Bush asked the Central Intelligence Agency to round up persons who represented a continuing threat of harm to U.S. interests. What followed was a series of decisions and actions by a number of internal and external constituencies based on inaccurate reporting of treatment of and information gleaned from detainees. Lessons for understanding and avoiding resulting leadership ethical dilemmas and a novel stakeholder perspective are provided in the close.

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