Issues in Business Ethics

The Shame of Reason in Organizational Change

A Levinassian Perspective

Authors: van der Ven, Naud

  • Emphasizes the value of Levinas' philosophy in the field of Business Ethics
  • Presents Levinas as a pragmatist rather than a moralist
  • Introduces experience (viz: that of shame, distress and anxiety) into organizational discourse
  • Connects to people’s concerns about the roots of the financial crisis
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Many problems associated with change in organizations can be traced back to the human factor. In the past, the worker was considered merely to be ‘a pair of hands’ (Henry Ford). Today, people wish to be taken seriously, if they are, they generally perform better. However, if organizations’ only motivation to focus on the workers’ sense of fulfilment is increased achievement, the question arises whether these organizations do in fact take their workers seriously or whether the latter merely become enlisted into the organization’s targets or schemes.

This book examines this question from the perspective of Emmanuel Levinas’ treatment of rationality. There are close similarities between the Levinassian description of rational thinking and the role of managers in organizations. Rationality makes the world controllable yet is totalitarian in character. Likewise, managers make their businesses controllable, yet their planning and schemes create a totalitarian straitjacket.

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eBook $159.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3643-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Shame of Reason in Organizational Change
Book Subtitle
A Levinassian Perspective
Authors
Translated by
Bevan, D.
Series Title
Issues in Business Ethics
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9373-8
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9373-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9372-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3643-6
Series ISSN
0925-6733
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 192
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