Blog No. 2012-01 (January 1, 2012)
Another Year and Another Hemisphere of Professional Life
Welcome to a new year, new semester and a new posting from The Ethicist. When writing last October, I promised to explore ethical issues in the very broad sphere of professional life, the part of our work neither falling neatly into research nor teaching. It’s the sphere of “everything else” that can be divided into hemispheres related to issues arising from membership in professional organizations like the Academy of Management and issues arising from membership in academic or research institutions. Last October, I wrote about an ethical issue arising from our work in professional organizations. This time, I thought I would travel to the other hemisphere and discuss an ethical issue more commonly (for me) encountered in academic departments, colleges and universities. The topic is service and the issue is knowing when to say no.