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27 FEB 2017

The Standard Issue

Oliver Parsons, Modus Editor, RICS

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus

RICS

In our everyday lives, most of us find it relatively easy to judge and conform to appropriate ethical standards, but put any of us into an organisation or company, and everything changes. This is particularly true in business, where leaders, managers and employees face conflicting incentives, messages and pressures from multiple stakeholders.

Not only does this confuse almost any employee’s own moral compass, the prevailing culture can ‘bend’ reality for those within, allowing wrongdoers to feel like they are not even committing an ethical breach at all.

In our cover feature this month, we focus on this fascinating area of organisational psychology, speaking to experts in the field to get inside the head of "the bad guy" and perhaps discover that it was us all along.

Also in this issue:

As the world urbanises at breakneck pace, the finite nature of many resources is becoming very apparent. In this feature, we speak to experts about how smart-planning and the implementation of the "circular economy" on a city-scale could avert disaster.

We make a visit to one of the most successful examples of the custom-build housing movement, Almere in Holland, to find out how the model works and, as the concept receives a timely boost in the UK government’s housing white paper, ask whether its time has finally come in Britain.

Oliver Parsons, Modus Editor, RICS

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus

RICS

An experienced and award-winning magazine editor, Oliver has worked in the sectors of property, insurance, automotive and technology. At Sunday Publishing, he has edited titles for a variety of high-profile clients, including Miller Homes, British Gas, Allianz and Toyota, as well as RICS.

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