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.

Marxism, Capitalism and Ethics

Marxism, Capitalism and Ethics

Marxism, capitalism and ethics

Defining Marxisms

It is much easier to find references to Marxism in books on ethics than it is to find references to ethics in books on Marxism. This is hardly surprising since the ‘science’ of historical materialism seemed to illustrate that what usually passed as ethics was better seen as ideology, as a mystification of the real which served particular class interests (Wood, 1991). In this chapter, this is not an understanding of Marxism that we wish to support, simply because we want to argue that Marxism can be seen as an ethical stance in itself - and a very powerful one at that. Specifically then, this chapter explores Marxist thought as a potential source of material with which ...

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