Executive speechwriting is a common practice in most large organizations. This activity, however, raises a number of ethical questions about responsibility and about audience deception. This essay explores the ethics of speechwriting from three perspectives and offers some general guidelines for maintaining ethical standards when using speechwriters.
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Matthew W. Seeger is an Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Director of Graduate Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. His major research interests lie in the area of organizational communication including crisis communication, leadership and ethics. His article “Free Speech and Institutional Constraint” was published in theFree Speech Yearbook and won the 1986 Wichelns Award for Research in Free Speech and Law.
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Seeger, M.W. Ethical issues in corporate speechwriting. J Bus Ethics 11, 501–504 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00881441
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