Professor's new book explores "doing the right thing" in the workplace

Gina Vega

Most Americans—and the companies they work for—like to think that, given a choice between right and wrong, they’d “do the honorable thing” and choose right. Decades of company scandals, corporate theft, environmental disasters, and greed, lies and deception seem to indicate that ethics, values and moral leadership have—like many Americans’ jobs—also been downsized across the country.

Professor Gina Vega, professor of management and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Activity at Salem State University’s Bertolon School of Business, has recently come out with a new book that addresses precisely those issues—and advises employees how to handle them in the workplace. Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work underscores the ethical pitfalls employees can expect to encounter at work and explains how workers can enhance their ability to do what they know is right, despite organizational pressures.

“The topic of moral courage is typically missing from business ethics instruction and management training” says Vega. “But moral courage is what we need when workplace pressures threaten to compromise our values and principles.”