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When Good Turns to Bad: An Examination of Governance Failure in a Not-for-Profit Enterprise

Low, Christopher (2011) When Good Turns to Bad: An Examination of Governance Failure in a Not-for-Profit Enterprise. In: Corporate Governance and Business Ethics. Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy, 39 . Springer, pp. 297-306. ISBN 9789400715875

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Abstract

This paper examines the assumption that is present in society (if not in law) that not-for-profit enterprises are unlikely to exhibit unethical behaviour in their governance function. It explores this issue by examining a recent case of governance failure within a not-for-profit social enterprise that had unethical behaviour at its root. This failure ultimately led to the organisation becoming bankrupt. A parallel is drawn with governance failures within the private sector which also resulted in bankruptcy. The paper draws on theories of governance and stakeholder management in order to reflect on whether unethical governance behaviour is a continuing threat to all sectors. In doing so, it concludes that there is merit in challenging the assumption that values-based organisations are immune to such a threat to their organisational existence.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 13:46
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 13:46
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11876

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