Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.
With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.
Definition: ‘Business ethics’ may be understood as the conceptualisation, critique, and promotion, of ethics as it relates to business and organisational behaviour.
The academic field of business ethics is typically presented as arising out of an ongoing, and recurring, crisis of confidence in the ability of capital to self-regulate. We can see a correspondence between interest in business ethics and certain periods of ‘crisis’. For instance, a surge in interest in business ethics during the 1980s (including the launch of the Journal of Business Ethics in 1982) coincided with a period when the consequences of deregulation, free-market economics, and the changing balance in industrial relations strongly in favour of management control began to be felt. The journals Business Ethics Quarterly, and Business Ethics: A ...