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Enron – Stanley Milgram Experiment & the world October 5, 2013

Posted by Midhun in None.

Last week, I was watched the documentary – Enron – The Smartest Guys In The Room. My intention was simple – to know about Enron and reasons for its downfall. But then I discovered an insight into human behavior – that people obey and perform what they find unethical when it is asked for and approved by an authoritative figure.

This has been experimented and concluded by a psychologist named Stanley Milgram in 60’s. So when Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling approved (although they do not accept the same in the public eye) the various unethical activities that Enron performed, there was no stopping for the junior executives in the firm. As they got pushed more and more, they got more and more aggressive.

I think this is what is tilting the world away from good. People have an excuse that if someone else does an immoral activity and gets away, why don’t I ? The principles take a backseat and personal gains are driving people.

A brief video of the original experiment can found here :



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