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African Virtue Ethics Traditions for Business and Management

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African Virtue Ethics Traditions for Business and Management

9781789905953 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Kemi Ogunyemi, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 595 3 Extent: 192 pp
African philosophies about the way to live a flourishing life are predominantly virtue-oriented. However, narratives of African conceptions of virtue are uncommon. This book therefore helps bridge an important gap in literature. Authors writing from South Africa, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Côte D’Ivoire and Nigeria share research on indigenous wisdoms on virtue, displaying marked consensus about the communitarian nature of African virtue ethics traditions and virtues essential for a flourishing life. They also show how indigenous virtue ethics improve corporate practices. This book will be a launchpad for further studies in Afriethics as well as a medium for sharing rich knowledge with the rest of the world.

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African nations are many and diverse, each one of them a multicultural home to philosophies that have enriched human communities over the centuries. Yet, the continent’s wisdom remains largely undocumented. Of particular importance are those insights that could serve as stimuli to the more responsible and sustainable management of the global economy and the earth’s resources.

African philosophies about the way to live a flourishing life are predominantly virtue-oriented. However, narratives of African conceptions of virtue are uncommon. This book therefore helps bridge an important gap in literature. Authors writing from South Africa, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Côte D’Ivoire and Nigeria share research on indigenous wisdoms on virtue, displaying a marked consensus about the communitarian nature of African virtue ethics traditions and virtues essential for a flourishing life. They also show how indigenous virtue ethics improve corporate practices. This book will be a launchpad for further studies in Afriethics as well as a medium for sharing rich knowledge with the rest of the world.

These chapters form a unique record in ethics for researchers, teachers, students and management practitioners of responsible management and African studies.
Critical Acclaim
‘An innovative contribution for becoming familiar with virtues for business and management, as presented in several African traditions. It may also help to bring a better understanding of how human virtues are expressed in different cultural contexts.’
– Domènec Melé, IESE Business School, Spain

‘As a guide to a well-functioning society and a happy life, this intriguing book describes the transmission and content of virtuous ways of living for businesses, professions, and individuals in the ethical traditions of seven African cultures. It also gives opportunity to those whose ancestors left Africa to compare these virtues for managing socially responsible businesses with the behavioral guides our cultures have developed.’
– J. Brooke Hamilton III, Emeritus Professor, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, US

‘From ancient Egypt to contemporary Ubuntu: what a fascinating journey through time and space this book presents. But it doesn't stop there as it also explores these traditions' relationships to Western takes on virtue ethics. African Virtue Ethics Traditions for Business and Management extends an exciting implicit invitation to “decolonialize” our views on virtue ethics.’
– Oliver Laasch, University of Manchester, UK
Contributors
Contributors: G. Abban-Ampiah, N. Akaloo, S. Azab, R. Beefun, A. Bholoa, Y. Bolade-Ogunfodun, N. Dangui, N. Hurreeram, O. Ikwuegbu, J. Maalter Yobanya, M. Mansi, S. Martinez, B. Matolino, T. Mundia, M.N. N’guessan, S. Nyazenga, J. Ofori-Dankwa, K. Ogunyemi, O. Ogunyemi, P. Olatubosun, Y. Ramma, K. Yusuff




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Contents:

Foreword
1. Virtue Ethics Traditions in Africa – An Introduction
Kemi Ogunyemi

2. Ubuntu: A Traditional Virtue Ethics Contribution to Economic and Social Development
Bernard Matolino

3. Creativity, Initiative and Innovation in Ancient Egypt and Contemporary Workplace Ethics
Omowumi Ogunyemi, Mahmoud Mansi, Sandra Azab

4. African Traditional Ethical Values: Illustrations from the Akan Context in Ghana and Business Implications
Grace Abban-Ampiah, Jennifer Maalter Yobanya, Joseph Ofori-Dankwa

5. Shaping Values in Business in Cote D’Ivoire – Voices from Times Gone By
Marie Noelle N’guessan, Nadia Dangui

6. Kenyan Traditional Values and Aristotelian Virtue Ethics
Thomas Mundia, Santi Martinez

7. Evolution of moral values and ethics in trades and businesses since independence in Mauritius
Ajeevsing Bholoa, Yashwantrao Ramma, Nundini Akaloo, Roodradeo Beefun, Navin Hurreeram

8. Nigeria’s Traditional Virtue Ethics: Ọmọlúàbí and Its Implications for Business and Management
Yemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun, Kolawole Yusuff, Obinna Ikwuegbu

9. The Value of Ubuntu – Moral and Governance case for Ethical and Responsible Financing and Investment Practices in South Africa
Posi Olatubosun, Sethi Nyazenga

10. The Relevance of African Virtue Ethics Traditions Today
Kemi Ogunyemi

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