Do people in your Enterprise abuse power?
Can you think of examples where this has happened in the past?
Who were they? What was the impact? Why do you think they acted in this way?
What needs to change to reduce the likelihood of it happening in the future?
Who needs to drive that change?
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This infamous experiment studied the psychological effects a
prison setting could have on behaviour. In 1971, a mock prison was constructed
in the basement of the psychology building of Stanford University and 24 male
students were randomly selected to play the role of either a prisoner or prison
guard for two weeks. The students adapted to their roles a little too well,
becoming aggressive to the point of inflicting psychological torture. Even psychology
professor Philip Zimbardo, who acted as superintendent of the experiment,
proved susceptible to its effects by allowing the abuse to continue. The study
was called off after only six days due to its intensity, but it proved that
situations could provoke certain behaviours, in spite of an individualís