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Justice in the Workplace

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Justice in the Workplace

Overcoming Ethical Dilemmas

9781800373419 Edward Elgar Publishing
Matthieu de Nanteuil, Professor of Sociology, Louvain School of Management and Institute for the Analysis of Change in Historical and Contemporary Societies (IACCHOS), University of Louvain, Belgium
Publication Date: May 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 341 9 Extent: c 256 pp
This timely book explores new social justice challenges in the workplace. Adopting a long-term perspective, it focuses on value conflicts, or ethical dilemmas, in contemporary organisations and ways to overcome them. Matthieu de Nanteuil demonstrates that the existence of value conflicts is not in itself problematic, but problems arise as actors do not have a frame of justice that allows them to overcome these conflicts without renouncing their deeply held values.

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This timely book explores new social justice challenges in the workplace. Adopting a long-term perspective, it focuses on value conflicts, or ethical dilemmas, in contemporary organisations. Matthieu de Nanteuil holds a strong and original position in this regard. The problem is not so much the existence of value conflicts: it is more the fact that the actors do not have a frame of justice that allows them to overcome these conflicts without renouncing their deeply held values.

However – and this is crucial – these frames of justice are plural. The book proposes tangible solutions, based around four frames of justice: ethics of discussion, negotiation, development and recognition. It offers a systematic review of their strengths and weaknesses as applied to the workplace. It translates them to real life situations through a range of case studies, demonstrating practical outcomes applicable to the day-to-day working environment and highlighting that there is no one universal approach.

Original and engaging, this book will be of interest to scholars of workplace ethics, labour policy, sociology of work and social theory. It will also be a key resource for HRM policy makers, trade unionists and managers dealing with the human issues in the organisation.
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‘A fascinating journey bringing philosophy to the workplace! This invigorating book suggests diverse approaches to justice in relation to ethical dilemmas at work. After having explored the theoretical foundations of value conflicts in modern organizations, it provides various case studies illuminating the relevance of ethical questions in the contemporary economy and sketches out resolutely new perspectives on social justice. It should serve as a key reference for all analysts and practitioners involved in the management field.’
– François Pichault, University of Liège, Belgium

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