Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers, Updated Edition

Paperback | December 6, 2009

byRobert Jackall

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This classic study of ethics in business presents an eye-opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness. Robert Jackall takes the reader inside a topsy-turvy world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, butsharp talk, self-promotion, powerful patrons, and sheer luck might. What sort of everyday rules-in-use do people play by when there are no fixed standards to explain why some succeed and others fail? In the words of one corporate manager, those rules boil down to this maxim: "What is right in thecorporation is what the guy above you wants from you. That's what morality is in the corporation." This brilliant, disturbing, funny look at the ethos of the corporate world presents compelling real life stories of the men and women charged with running the businesses of America. This anniversaryedition includes an afterword by the author linking the themes of Moral Mazes to the financial tsunami that engulfed the world economy in 2008.

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This classic study of ethics in business presents an eye-opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness. Robert Jackall takes the reader inside a topsy-turvy world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, butsharp talk, self-promotion, powerful patrons, ...

Robert Jackall is the Willmott Family Third Century Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Williams College. He is author of Image Makers: Advertising, Public Relations, and the Ethos of Advocacy (Chicago, 2000), Wild Cowboys: Urban Marauders and the Forces of Order (Harvard, 1997), and Street Stories: The World of Police Detectiv...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.9 inPublished:December 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199729883

ISBN - 13:9780199729883

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Business as a Social and Moral Terrain1. Moral Probations, Old and New2. The Social Structure of Managerial Work3. The Main Chance4. Looking Up and Looking Around5. Drawing Lines6. Dexterity with Symbols7. The Magic Lantern8. Invitations to JeopardyAuthor's NoteAfterword to the Twentieth Anniversary EditionNotesSuggestions for Further Reading

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"A finely honed tour of an odyssey of moral transformation, in which the actors themselves remain largely unaware of the nature of their journey. It is a brilliant work." --Troy Duster, New York University