Ethics and Organizations provides a rich and valuable overview of an increasingly important issue for management and organizations in contemporary society. Debates about equal opportunities, environmental responsibility, consumer redress, and corporate governance have given ethics a prominent place in the study of organizations in their social and natural environments. Within the organization, new management styles that seek to energize employees by manipulating their beliefs have highlighted the moral-ethical principles at issue in contemporary management. At the same time, debates around postmodernism and relativism have moved ethics to a new centrality in contemporary social theory. This volume addresses the questions that these and other developments raise for the study of management and organizations, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Ethics and Organizations will be invaluable to advanced-level students and academics engaged in analyzing the moral, political, and ethical dimensions of organization theory and organizational practice.

Governance and Regulation: An Institutionalist Approach to Ethics and Organizations

Governance and Regulation: An Institutionalist Approach to Ethics and Organizations

Governance and regulation: An institutionalist approach to ethics and organizations

The dominant approach to business ethics has been shaped by its attempt to confront and challenge a particular view of organizations and management. Where it is assumed that there are certain invariant relationships between ‘objective characteristics’ of the business world - for example between technology and structure or between efficiency, output and economic performance - a technicist view of how organizations work is the inevitable outcome. As Alvesson and Willmott state:

Representing management as a predominantly technical activity creates an illusion of neutrality. Management theory is sanitized and management practice is seemingly distanced from the structures of power and interest that, inescapably, are a condition and consequence ...

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