At Ethics Applied we believe that the field of ethics can often seem too philosophical, too complex, and too conceptual for many people to grasp what it is all about and how ethics should be applied.

By taking a behavioural approach we not only assist people to apply practical ethical guidelines, but also help them to understand subtle factors that can shape their judgement. We make ethics more accessible and develop greater individual, team and organisational insight into ethical challenges. Our programs develop real-world capabilities to help improve ethical decision-making practices, empowering individuals and promoting ethical, thriving ‘Speak Up‘ cultures within organisations.

Our specialised Behavioural Ethics @ Work (BE @ W) programs are not about ‘whistleblowing’, but adopting an early intervention, proactive approach to identifying, discussing, and resolving ‘grey area’ or questionable behaviour before it gets to the point of crisis. All our courses can be delivered Australia wide, with all course leaders experts in the complexities of modern workplaces, individual and workplace psychology as well as facilitating behaviour change.

The founders

Both Brock and David are registered psychologists with a keen interest in understanding why people do what they do. Their research and applied experience combines to create innovative and practical insights into the motivations, cognitive biases, and unconscious influences that govern human behaviour.

Both are keenly aware of the complexities and pressures that people face in order to survive in the modern world, and believe that personal insight and effective decision-making are key to thriving in challenging environments.

Professor Brock Bastian

researcher, author, & speaker

Professor Brock Bastian is an internationally acclaimed researcher, author, and speaker who has spent the last 15 years seeking to understand the psychology of ethical decision-making. His work has been regularly featured in outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, The Economist and Time Magazine and he is recognised as a thought leader in the field of Behavioural Ethics. Awarded for his innovative ideas, Brock’s work has revealed how underlying motivations and cognitive biases influence ethical decision-making and how these subtle and often unconscious influences may shape organisations from the bottom up as well as the top down. In addition to his academic career, Brock has provided consultancy to organisations across Australia on issues such as workplace mental health and has developed cutting edge programs drawing on the very latest knowledge within psychology. Part of Brock’s passion is to communicate innovative knowledge in a way that is accessible, applied, and practical.

Brock strongly believes that discussions around ethics should not be reserved for armchair philosophy. People are faced with ethical decisions on daily a basis and these decisions are deeply embedded within everyday action. How people respond to and resolve these ethical dilemmas is a key influencer of human wellbeing. Brock’s interest in the area of behavioural ethics is borne from his personal view that most often people are well-intentioned but are prone to making bad decisions or fail to see the ethical consequences of their actions. He strongly believes that teaching ethics is not about judging individuals, but about appreciating that ethical failures are commonplace. Brock is passionate about creating an open and honest discussion around everyday ethical dilemmas and believes this is a critical avenue through which to promote informed and effective decision-making.

David Burroughs

workplace psychologist

David Burroughs is a workplace psychologist who has spent the last decade and half working with major organisations, both in Australia and abroad, in the area of workplace mental health. David was co-founder of one of the first psychology organisations focusing on the early intervention and prevention of mental-ill health in the workplace and has always had a keen interest in workplace behaviour and decision making. While renowned as an industry leading workplace mental health strategist, speaker and advisor to executive teams across Australasia, David prefers to see himself as a pragmatist, or a ‘common sense psychologist’ who likes to get beneath the symptoms and drill down to the core of issues that affect every day people in the workplace.

Throughout his diverse career working across areas such as clinical, organisational and military psychology, David has encountered countless workplace situations where questionable ethical behaviour in the workplace have had adversely impacted not just individuals, but teams, families, organisations, and society as a whole. David’s interest in behavioural ethics increased significantly over recent years through frequently observing workplace patterns where minor ethical transgressions (left unchallenged) would become normative and where social pressures and fiduciary responsibilities would at times cloud the judgments of good people. Frustrated by the ongoing impact of poor psychosocial climate in the workplace, people’s reluctance to ‘Speak Up’ and the gap between theory and practice in the workplace ethics domain, David was motivated to help people in the workplace to understand their own ethical vulnerabilities, and develop the confidence and capability to make more ethical decisions, and constructively raise ethical concerns more often.

Behavioural Ethics

What is Behavioural Ethics?

As the field of economics evolved into behavioural economics in order to better predict what people actually do, rather than what formal theories suggest they should do, the field of ethics is also evolving into the area of ‘behavioural ethics’ as we seek to gain greater insight into the various influences that shape ethical decisions.

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