A crisis of leadership : towards an anti-sovereign ethics of organisation

Wray-Bliss, Edward 2013, A crisis of leadership : towards an anti-sovereign ethics of organisation, Business ethics, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 86-101, doi: 10.1111/beer.12010.

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Title A crisis of leadership : towards an anti-sovereign ethics of organisation
Author(s) Wray-Bliss, Edward
Journal name Business ethics
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 86
End page 101
Total pages 16
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-01
ISSN 0962-8770
Keyword(s) crisis of leadership
business ethics
Levinasian ethico-politics of responsibility
Summary A common reaction to crises experienced within or brought about by business is to identify a corollary ‘crisis of leadership’ and to call for better (stronger, more thoughtful or, indeed, more ethical and responsible) leaders. This paper supports the idea that there is a crisis of leadership – but interprets it quite differently. Specifically, I argue that the most ethically debilitating crisis is the fact that we look to leadership to solve organisational ethical ills. There is, I argue, a pressing need to conceptualise a business ethics that is not constrained by the straitjacket of official hierarchy – a need to denaturalise ‘leadership’ as the normal or rightful locus of ethical regulation and renewal in business organisation. To this end, I explore a Levinasian ethico-politics of responsibility and proximity as the basis of an alternative, anti-sovereign, ethics of organisation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/beer.12010
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052143

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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