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Ethics and Organizational Practice

Questioning the Moral Foundations of Management Edited by Sara Louise Muhr, Associate Professor of Organization Studies and Human Resource Management, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, Bent M. Sørensen and Steen Vallentin, Associate Professors, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
This timely book provides a collection of critical explorations and discussions of managerial ethics and their moral foundations. It is concerned with theoretical, conceptual and practical matters, and thus provides an open and broad approach to a very dense field of enquiry.
Extent: 232 pp
Hardback Price: $128.00 Web: $115.20
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 168 2
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  • Business and Management
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Organisation Studies
This timely book provides a collection of critical explorations and discussions of managerial ethics and their moral foundations. It is concerned with theoretical, conceptual and practical matters, and thus provides an open and broad approach to a very dense field of enquiry.

Ethics and Organizational Practice challenges established theory in management studies and, in particular, provides a post-foundational argument to conventional business ethics. The contributors cover topics from corporate social responsibility and individual morality to primatology, psychopathology and corruption. They provide a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional exploration of managerial ethics and its moral foundation, presenting a critical understanding of the conditions of ethics in modern organizations.

The book presents a philosophically informed critique of simplified notions of managerial and organizational ethics, making it an excellent resource for postgraduate students and scholars of business ethics, critical management, corporate social responsibility, international business and organizational psychology.
‘Morality and ethics are at the heart of business practice, but the concepts themselves are usually assumed, rather than investigated. The chapters in this book refuse such easy answers, and force the reader to confront their own assumptions about ethics, provoking conclusions that are both disturbing and exciting.’
– Martin Parker, University of Leicester, UK
Contributors: M. Alvesson, G. Cairns, E.L. Jeanes, R. Johnsen, D. Kärreman, J. Lemmergaard, T.T. Lennerfors, S. Mansell, S.L. Muhr, A. Rehn, C. Rozuel, M. Śliwa, B.M. Sørensen, S. Vallentin
Contents:

1. Introduction – After the Party. Crisis as Foundation
Sara Louise Muhr, Bent M. Sørensen and Steen Vallentin

2. Developing a New Ethics of International Business: Possibilities and Role of Educators
Martyna Śliwa and George Cairns

3. More than Words – An Analysis of Scandinavian Value-based Management
Jeanette Lemmergaard

4. Understanding Ethical Closure in Organizational Settings – The Case of Media Organizations
Dan Kärreman and Mats Alvesson

5. The Business of Business and the Politics of Opinion
Steen Vallentin

6. Business Ethics and the Question of Objectivity: The Concept of Moral Progress in a Dialectical Framework
Samuel Mansell

7. The Self as a Moral Anchor – Applying Jungian Psychology to Managers’ Ethics
Cécile Rozuel

8. The Impossibility of Guidance – A Levinasian Critique of Business Ethics
Emma Louise Jeanes and Sara Louise Muhr

9. The Creature Comforts of Management – On Morality and Empathic Response in Economic Exchange
Alf Rehn

10. ‘Is Your Manager a Psychopath? … Are you?’ – The Human–Animal Divide at Work
Rasmus Johnsen

11. The Sublime Object of Corruption – Exploring the Relevance of a Psychoanalytical Two-bodies Doctrine for Understanding Corruption
Thomas Taro Lennerfors

Index