This book sheds light on ‘hidden’ aspects of management theory by questioning its moral foundations: ethical and moral principles tend to become over time, deeply embedded, if not buried, in the intellectual and disciplinary subfields of management, particularly when the latter vie for scientific status. In the process, they often become invisible or indecipherable both to those who advance and diffuse knowledge as well as to those who receive, interpret and apply it.
The contributors to this book explore in various subfields of management thought a number of important moral and ethical issues. What is the definition of ‘good behaviour’ – and hence of ‘bad behaviour’ – implicit behind the theories we use and produce? Can we find, historically, a trace of moral and ethical dilemmas and debates in those intellectual subfields that tend to posture today as morally neutral? What is the conception of human nature and social reality embedded in modern management thought and theories? How do those implicit and hidden cognitive schemes influence the development of research and knowledge in those various subfields? How do they prevent certain issues from emerging? How do they shape debates, practices and beliefs – leaving little room to approach the world differently and to depart from mainstream perspectives?
This unique treatment of the moral foundations of knowledge management will provide a stimulating read for academics, students and professionals focusing on business and management, business administration, sociology, organizational behaviour and moral philosophy.
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About the Author
Edited by Marie-Laure Djelic, Professor, CSO, Co-Dean, School of Management and Innovation, Sciences Po, Paris and Radu Vranceanu, Professor, Department of Economics, ESSEC Business School, Cergy, France
Table of Contents
PART I: MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE AND ETHICAL ISSUES: A DIFFICULT ENCOUNTER
1. Towards a Phenomenology of Management: From Modelling to Day-to-day Moral Sensemaking Cognition
2. Reverse Engineering of Moral Discussion: From Symptoms to Moral Foundations
Evandro Bocatto and Eloisa Perez de Toledo
3. From Hunter-gatherer to Organisational Man: A Morality Tale
Kathryn Gordon and Raymond-Alain Thietart
PART II: ECONOMICS AND THE QUESTION OF MORAL FOUNDATIONS
4. Economics, Ethics and Anthropology
5. The ‘Ethics of Competition’ or the Moral Foundations of Contemporary Capitalism
6. The Ethics of Rationality. Elucidations in the Theoretical Foundations of Economics by Relation to Ethics
7. The Moral Layer of Contemporary Economics: A Virtue-ethics Perspective
PART III: LEADERSHIP AND TEAM MANAGEMENT: EXPLORING MORAL FOUNDATIONS
8. Leadership Virtues and Management Knowledge: Questioning the Unitary Command Perspective in Leadership Research
Lucia Crevani, Monica Lindgren and Johann Packendorff
9. The Psychological Dimension of Love as Foundational for Transformational Leadership Theory
10. An Ethical Encounter with the Other: Language Introducing the New into Thought
Sara Louise Muhr
PART IV: MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND ETHICS: CAN WE GO BEYOND HYPOCRIZY?
11. Are Management Systems Ethical? The Reification Perspective
12. The Paradoxical Situation of Ethics in Business
Gilles Van Wijk
13. Ethics and Management Education: The MBA under Attack
Richard Déry, Chantale Mailhot and Véronique Schaeffer