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.

Towards a New Ethics? The Contributions of Poststructuralism and Posthumanism

Towards a New Ethics? The Contributions of Poststructuralism and Posthumanism

Towards a new ethics? The contributions of poststructuralism and posthumanism

The great issues of ethics - like human rights, social justice, balance between peaceful co-operation and personal self-assertion, synchronization of individual conduct and collective welfare - have lost nothing of their topicality. They only need to be seen, and dealt with, in a novel way. (Bauman, 1993: 4)

Is it Ethical?

What is to be made of this question? For me, it invites consideration of whether a particular action, intention or outcome is morally defensible according to some, as yet unspecified but implied, ethical yardstick. Reference to ‘ethics’ signals a concern to focus attention upon the morality of an action. Such actions include the use of child labour, ...

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