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Hume's humanity: a nexus for global management

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posted on 2014-10-31, 00:00 authored by Andrew CreedAndrew Creed, J Ross
This chapter explains the development of the Human Nexus, being an original interpretation of ethics based on David Hume's exploration of morality. Recognizing the current moral malaise in global business practice, and searching for a contemporary approach to relational ethics, his elegant reasoning is concisely adapted for global managers. The Human Nexus is proposed as a tool for conveying humanism in global business decision-making today. A matrix of Humean variables from Hume's moral treatise counterbalances usefulness and agreeableness with considerations of self-interest, selflessness and the human connection with ecology. The analysis explores the interaction of variables, relationships and decision processes common in global management. A longitudinal reflective study underpins the research. The resultant construct is presented in context with foundational and emerging literature about the challenge of abstract moral perspectives for global managers, highlighting the desire for something more practical. The Human Nexus shows potential for pragmatically encouraging and enhancing humanistic engagement in ethical decision-making.

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Chapter number

8

Pagination

107-119

ISBN-13

9781137471611

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter, B Book chapter

Copyright notice

2014, Palgrave Macmillan

Extent

18

Editor/Contributor(s)

Lupton N, Pirson M

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Place of publication

Basingstoke, England

Title of book

Humanistic perspectives on international business and management

Series

Humanism in Business

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