Professor Celia Moore's inaugural lecture
Wherever we go, whatever we do, we cannot escape the importance of managing morally complex decisions at work. How well we think through and execute on those decisions defines our legacy as humans, and can mean—literally—life or death for those affected by them.
For most of her academic career, Professor Moore has studied how people understand the moral implications of their actions, and how these understandings then lead to better (or worse) moral decisions. Her inaugural lecture will centre on why truly taking responsibility for our actions is so difficult, and how we can build our organizations and develop leadership competencies to make doing so more likely. Drawing on her own published and ongoing work, she will provide an overview of how individuals enact their moral agency at work, offering insight on the following questions:
- How do individuals decide what to do in morally charged situations?
- Why do we see so many morally problematic outcomes in organizational life?
- Why are leaders so critical to creating contexts that make morally preferable outcomes more likely?
The lecture should be of interest to anyone who has ever been mystified by how irresponsible so many leaders are, or struggled with how to do the right thing at work themselves.