Issues in Business Ethics

On the (Im)Possibility of Business Ethics

Critical Complexity, Deconstruction, and Implications for Understanding the Ethics of Business

Authors: Woermann, Minka

  • Presents an in depth engagement with post structural thought – particularly that of Jacques Derrida
  • Systematically unpacks the rich interplay between complexity theory and deconstruction
  • Shows why a complex notion of ethics introduces new categories for thinking about business ethics
  • Demonstrates the implications that a complex ethics holds for our understanding of prominent business ethics
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Corporations, and the environments in which they operate, are complex, with changing multiple dimensions, and an inherent capacity to evolve qualitatively. A central premise of this study is that a postmodern reading of ethics represents an expression of, and an engagement with, the ethical complexities that define the business landscape. In particular, the deconstructive philosophy of Jacques Derrida offers a non-trivial reading of a complex notion of ethics, and thereby helps us to develop the skills necessary to critique and intervene in our practices, and to develop robust strategies for living in the absence of prescriptive ethical frameworks. Although a central premise of this study is that substantive ethical claims can only be generated within a given context, the study nevertheless presents readers with a meta-position that illustrates the type of considerations that should inform ethical reflection from a complexity perspective. In order to illustrate the value that this meta-position holds for business ethics, these considerations are explored in terms of the implications that they hold for our understanding of corporate social responsibility, for the practice of responsible management and leadership practices, and for teaching business ethics.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Towards a Postmodern Understanding of Business Ethics

    Woermann, Minka

    Pages 3-29

  • The Ethics of Complexity and the Complexity of Ethics

    Woermann, Minka

    Pages 31-50

  • Introducing a Deconstructive Ethics

    Woermann, Minka

    Pages 51-74

  • ‘Virtues’ for a Complex World

    Woermann, Minka

    Pages 75-86

  • Reconsidering the Meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility

    Woermann, Minka

    Pages 89-123

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eBook $119.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9480-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
On the (Im)Possibility of Business Ethics
Book Subtitle
Critical Complexity, Deconstruction, and Implications for Understanding the Ethics of Business
Authors
Series Title
Issues in Business Ethics
Series Volume
37
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5131-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5131-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5130-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9480-1
Series ISSN
0925-6733
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 178
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