Especially in light of the times, here’s a book worth looking at by business ethics & law professor Marianne Jennings, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies…Before It’s Too Late (St. Martin’s Press 2006).
Her seven warning signs are:
-Pressure to maintain numbers
-Fear and silence
-Larger than life CEO
-Weak board of directors
-Conflicts of interest
-Innovation trumping any other priority, such as ethics
-Belief that goodness in some areas atones for wrongdoing in others
Jennings drew these lessons from companies like Enron and WorldCom but says they apply to all types of organizations.
Inexpensive copies can be purchased from Amazon.com.