Book review : Ethics and organizational practice : questioning the moral foundations of management

Wray-Bliss, Edward 2011, Book review : Ethics and organizational practice : questioning the moral foundations of management, Organization studies, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 853-856, doi: 10.1177/0170840611410830.

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Title Book review : Ethics and organizational practice : questioning the moral foundations of management
Author(s) Wray-Bliss, Edward
Journal name Organization studies
Volume number 32
Issue number 6
Start page 853
End page 856
Total pages 4
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, U. K.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 0170-8406
Keyword(s) ethics
Summary The arena of ethics and business is a colossus: thousands of books, multiple dedicated journals, de rigueur organizational ethics policies and CSR initiatives - most of which we can be fairly confident would receive poor reviews by the editors and authors of Ethics and organizational practice: Questioning the moral foundations of management. This edited collection is a self-identified ‘critical’ take on business ethics, one that according to the editors’ introduction wishes to ‘expose business ethics to its crises’ and ‘critically investigate(s) what ethics means’. The ‘critical’ which Muhr, Sørensen and Vallentin invoke is one that would be familiar to authors and readers of Critical Management Studies – that is, to use Fournier and Grey’s (2000) oft-referenced depiction, the study of management and organization that is non-performative with regards to managerialist concerns of efficiency and profitability, that seeks to denaturalize taken-for-granted legitimations, and the normalization of current organizational practices and ideologies, and one which demonstrates significant reflexivity with regard to the philosophies and methodologies it deploys. To the above, we may also add pluralism, and indeed some playfulness, with a wide diversity of conceptual, theoretical, historical and popular sources mined for their potential to help us reconsider the organizational present.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0170840611410830
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
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