and found it to be very enlightening. Since then I was exposed to some similar but much lesser academic work and found questionable references in it. My issue - should I just drop it or do something more substantial?
I work with folks who enjoy sending out papers regarding ethics and how to be better leaders. I received the following paper
from a senior person in my organization. This paper has been utilized in training many senior people, here is just one example
. I've seen the paper more than once in both formal and informal training settings. So, I decided to look into some of the many references the authors, Ludwig
, used and cited in their material. They most often cited Blotnick's work from his book, "Ambitious Men" - a simple googling found this
. Note Blotnick was exposed in 1987, while the paper was written in 1993.
I realize there are a plethora of other issues with the paper as a tool for teaching what you'll likely surmise - military officers
. However, beyond these obvious issues with the content, the paper should be retracted in my opinion and the authors should contact people they've licensed it to - as I think they are making (and have made) some significant money and notoriety off of this "Bathsheba Syndrome" idea. I simply don't know if its worth undertaking or how to do it or if I should just drop it. I do think they may already know and question the ethics... and find it ironic. Or maybe I'm wrong about the whole thing?