New PDF release: Critical Management Ethics

By T. Klikauer

Written within the eu culture of Kant's philosophical trilogy on critique and Hegel's idea of moral lifestyles it outlines the good traditions in moral philosophy: Aristotelian advantage ethics, Kantian ethics, and utilitarianism. It provides smooth ethics from Nietzsche, Adorno, and Habermas to Kohlberg's levels of ethical improvement.

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Light is a negative form of darkness. Hence, we only know what management is because we have something else against which we can contrast it. We need Hegel’s the Other. We need something that is not management to understand management. For example, we have managerial staff and non-managerial staff to distinguish one from the other. And we need both to understand both. Only in a relationship they become constitutes of reality to us. Hence, everything that is, like management, always and simultaneously contains something that it is not.

Most managerial texts provide hands-on practical and, above all, non-theoretical instruments, often expressed in simple models using 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-etc-steps to be taken to turn your business into profits. On Aristotle’s final concept of practical wisdom, management relates more to the word practical than to wisdom. It does not seek wisdom but practical solutions to philosophically trivial problems. The predominant use of the Harvard Business School Case Study Method in management schools does not teach wisdom but simple practicalities.

There are elements inside management that are attractive to ethics as well as those that are repulsive to it. Both are in a constant struggle with each other. In conclusion, having examined management through the philosophy of Kant and Hegel, the relationship between management and ethics turned out to be more complex than many standard books on management ethics suggest. This can be carried forward by bringing core concepts of moral philosophy critically into a relationship with management. The following chapters will use the eight critiques and Hegel’s concept of essence to highlight contradictions between management and ethics.

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