Introduction: Applied ethics and the fractured state

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Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, 2018, 20 pp. 1 - 11
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This volume of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations (REIO) is an outcome of the Australian Association of Professional and Applied Ethics’ (AAPAE) 24th Annual Conference “Applied Ethics in the Fractured State.” The conference was held 21–23 June 2017 at the University of Technology Sydney and hosted by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). It was convened by Bligh Grant who was generously assisted throughout by fellow members of the Organizing Committee, Charmayne Highfield and Joseph Drew and the entire AAPAE Executive Committee, namely Hugh Breakey, Alan Tapper, Ian Gibson, Jo Namio, Kay Plumber, Michael Schwartz and Sunil Savur, with Sunil providing valuable experience drawn from his role as convener of the 2016 conference, held at the University of Adelaide, and his co-editorship of Volume 17 of REIO (Savur & Sandhu, 2017). In searching for a conference theme, the organizing committee was faced – as indeed most are – with the challenge of providing a topic that (a) was broad enough to be inclusive of the eclectic range of research and practice interests of the members and associates of AAPAE while (b) not being completely nebulous. Ultimately “Applied Ethics in the Fractured State” was agreed upon. Yet the decision was not merely expedient.
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