With a background in the humanities and an eclectic bookshelf behind me, my eyes are firmly focused on innovative ways of managing organizations. the aim of my work is to stretch the organizational imagination of practitioners and scholars alike. PARAPHRASING ALBERT O. HIRSCHMAN, I AM interestED in what is possible - NOT WHATis probable.  

Embedded Ethics: Discourse and Power in the New South Wales Police Service

In this paper we report an ethnographic research study conducted in one of the world’ s largest police organizations, the New South Wales Police Service. Our research question was, ‘How do forms of power shape organizational members’ ethical practices?’ We look at existing theories that propose the deployment of two interrelated arguments: thatethics are embedded in organizational practices and discourse at a micro-level of everyday organizational life, which is contrasted with a focus on the macro- organizational, institutional forces that are seen to have an impact on ethics. Resisting this distinction between the ‘micro’ and the ‘macro’, we build on these two bodies of knowledge to explain ethical change as deeply embedded in power relations that traverse the scale of social action.

Organizational ethics, decision making, undecidability