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About Opportunism in Business: From Legitimate Benefit to Kairospathy

10 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2015 Last revised: 18 Dec 2015

Teodoro Wigodski

Industrial Engineering Faculty - Universidad de Chile

Date Written: November 20, 2015

Abstract

The human being is a predatory and opportunistic animal. Kairospathy, etymologically is the result of linking the word kairos, which represents the mythological Greek gods that illustrate a virtual physical and temporal window of opportunity, with the word psicopathy, which demonstrates an individual who manifests antisocial behavior, indifference, low empathy and remorse.

Opportunities can be exploited legitimately, also be taken only to benefit the individual, with indifference to the consequences that the decisions and acts. Behavior of an individual is the consequence of at least three central factors. These are biology, the social environment, and personal circumstances to generate individual ethical threshold.

Keywords: Business ethics, applied ethics, kairospathy

JEL Classification: M18

Suggested Citation

Wigodski, Teodoro, About Opportunism in Business: From Legitimate Benefit to Kairospathy (November 20, 2015). Humanistic Management Network, Research Paper Series No. 38/15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2693888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2693888

Teodoro Wigodski (Contact Author)

Industrial Engineering Faculty - Universidad de Chile ( email )

Republica 701 Santiago
Chile
56993382786 (Phone)

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