The Virtuous Organization: Insights from Some of the World's Leading Management Thinkers
THE VIRTUOUS ORGANIZATION: INSIGHTS FROM SOME OF THE WORLD'S LEADING MANAGEMENT THINKERS, Forthcoming
Posted: 23 Sep 2009
Date Written: August 7, 2008
This book focuses on a new and emerging, yet as old as recorded history, organizational concern: virtue. Virtue has recently become a topic of serious examination among organizational researchers and progressive companies who are exploring their role in creating new, more holistic, healthy, and humane work environments. With interdisciplinary insights by many of the world’s leading management thinkers, the book includes conceptual treatments, empirical research, and actual cases concerning virtuous behavior and leadership under conditions of crises, and ordinary and exemplary times.
Until recently, scholarly research paid scant attention to virtue, especially in organizations. The pursuit of virtue, as opposed to the bottom line, remained outside the acceptable domain of practising managers faced with economic pressures and stakeholder demands. Concepts such as efficiency, return on investment (ROI), and competitive advantage were emphasized over more virtuous concerns such as caring, compassion, integrity and wisdom. The Virtuous Organization fills this void by presenting paradigm-shifting insights of leading scholars that have the potential to change the face of management thinking and practice for both this and future generations.
Keywords: Virtues, Positive Psychology, Positive Organizational Scholarship, Ethical Decision-Making, Virtuous Management and Leadership, Virtuous Organizations, Values, Social Issues in Management, Spirituality and Work, Corporate Citizenship
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