Seven Management Moralities

Hardcover | October 16, 2012

byThomas Klikauer

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Many people believe "management" and "ethics" are opposing ideas. Others simply laugh and shake their heads in utter disbelief. Perhaps rightly so! In our lifetime alone, management's moral failings range from Thalidomide (1950s) to today's Enron, BP, and Bernie Madoff's "Ponzi Scheme". Maybe management's dilemma with morality has been perfectly expressed as 'greed is good!' (Gordon Gekko in the film Wall Street). Is it really all about greed, money, and shareholder value? Seven Management Moralities examines management's moral behavior from seven different perspectives. These are derived from Kohlberg's development of human morality. The seven levels range from 'macho-management' at level 1, selfishness (2), virtue ethics (3) law and order (4), wellbeing (5), to universalism (6) and environmental ethics (7). This volume has three sections: (I) applies ethics to management, (II) contains seven levels of management morality, and (III) concludes with an assessment of management when measured against an ascending scale of morality.

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Many people believe "management" and "ethics" are opposing ideas. Others simply laugh and shake their heads in utter disbelief. Perhaps rightly so! In our lifetime alone, management's moral failings range from Thalidomide (1950s) to today's Enron, BP, and Bernie Madoff's "Ponzi Scheme". Maybe management's dilemma with morality has been...

THOMAS KLIKAUER is Senior Lecturer at the School of Management, University of Western Sydney, Australia. His research interests include management ethics, Hegelian ethics of Sittlichkeit and critical theory and Frankfurt School. His previous publications include Communication and Management at Work (2007), Management Communication - C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.44 × 5.7 × 1.09 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230369340

ISBN - 13:9780230369344

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introducing Seven Management Moralities
Seven Moralities and Management
Seven Moral Philosophies of Management
Stage 1: The Management Morality of Obedience and Punishment
Stage 2: The Management Morality of Selfishness and Egoism
Stage 3: The Management Morality of Conforming to Social Virtues
Stage 4: The Management Morality of Law and Order
Stage 5: The Management Morality of Utilitarian Welfare
Stage 6: The Management Morality of Universalism
Stage 7: The Management Morality of Environmentalism
Conclusion: Morality and Management
Notes
Bibliography
Index