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.
I have for some time now entertained certain opinions that I have been reluctant to make public. But I have at length concluded that the time has come to air my views, clearly and without apology, and to suffer whatever consequences come my way. I am against ethics. (Caputo, 1993: 1)
In a way that I would like to align with Caputo's ‘admission’, this concluding chapter consists of a series of musings on the possibility and impossibility of something called ‘business ethics’.1 This writing, and my editing of this volume, have been stimulated by an interest in this wider something called the ‘ethical’ which followed on from a rather sociological engagement with various forms of radical scepticism, often collected together under the label ...