Public Integrity Call For Papers
Is Hindsight 20/20?
Ethical Decision Making and Leadership During Compounding Disasters
Claire Connolly Knox, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
Amanda Olejarski, Ph.D., West Chester University
Unethical decisionmaking 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 United States has experienced an increase in “natural” disasters with 2020 breaking the record with $22 billion 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. Please submit your manuscript to Public Integrity’s online portal, https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/mpin20/current
, by May 28, 2021.