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02 July 2021
Is Hindsight 20/20? Ethical Decision Making and Leadership During Compounding Disasters
Unethical decision-making and leadership plagues disasters. It was brought to the forefront during the response efforts for Hurricane Katrina and scholars spent more than a decade analyzing these failures from multiple disciplines (Jurkiewicz, 2007; 2009; Jurkiewicz & O’Keefe, 2014; Nguyen & Salvesen, 2014; Seidenberg, 2005; Urby & McEntire, 2014). Since then, the U.S. has experienced an increase in “natural” disasters with 2020 breaking the record with 22 billion dollar disasters (NOAA, 2021). In addition to these disasters, 2020 brought with it a global pandemic, police shootings, social unrest, and a contested national presidential election.
Regardless of the size of the disaster or crisis, they remain dynamic and complex, and thereby challenge leaders at every level of government and in every sector - even the most ethical ones (Kapucu, Van Wart, Sylves, & Yuldashev, 2011; Van Wart, 2013; Van Wart & Kapucu, 2011; Waugh & Streib, 2006). In the emergency and crisis management profession, the path forward needs to be created with lessons learned. Yet, ethical leadership scholarship tends to focus one emergency, disaster, or crisis – not multiple ones at the same time. 2020 has produced multiple compound disasters which tested individuals, communities, logistics systems, and political institutions.
This special symposium invites empirical and theoretical explorations of various aspects of ethical decision making and leadership during a recent human-induced or “natural” disaster or crisis. We welcome broad contributions from a myriad of angles and disciplines.
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When submitting your empirical or theoretical manuscript, please select the special issue title, "Is Hindsight 20/20? Ethical Decision Making and Leadership During Compounding Disasters." If you are interested in submitting a book review to compliment this special issue, please contact the Book Review Editor by the submission deadline.