Quotation Gordon, Ray, Clegg, Stewart, Kornberger, Martin. 2009. Embedded Ethics: Discourse and Power in the New South Wales Police Service. Organization Studies. 30 (1), 73-99.




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: that ethics 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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Organization Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A+, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Embedded Ethics: Discourse and Power in the New South Wales Police Service
Volume 30
Number 1
Year 2009
Page from 73
Page to 99
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840608100515
Open Access N


Kornberger, Martin (Details)
Clegg, Stewart (UTS, Australia)
Gordon, Ray (Bond University, Australia)
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