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Unformatted text preview: -One’s occupational position gives him or her the capacity to issue orders to others. Authority can be abused-Concern is that often people have unquestioning obedience to authority figures. Sometimes they will follow and other times not.-Historical examples: Holocaust during WWII, My Lai massacre in Vietnam.-Example of work-related research-Nurses receiving orders to administer drug to patient (Hofling et al. 1996).-Order came by phone, from unknown doctor, of an unfamiliar drug.-Prescribed dosage was heavy, substantially exceeding maximum listed on package.-Nearly all nurses were ready to follow orders and administer drug at the prescribed dosage.-Stanley Milgram-Psychologist, researched use of authority.-Experimental, laboratory-based research.-Electric shock experiments.-Questioning of “how far” subjects would go in following morally questionable orders.-His research is still being replicated today....
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- Spring '07
- Milgram experiment, Authority In Organizations, organizations -Structural position