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

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Charles Manz

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kim Cameron

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Karen Manz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Robert Marx

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Written: August 7, 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Manz, Charles and Cameron, Kim and Manz, Karen and Marx, Robert, The Virtuous Organization: Insights from Some of the World's Leading Management Thinkers (August 7, 2008). THE VIRTUOUS ORGANIZATION: INSIGHTS FROM SOME OF THE WORLD'S LEADING MANAGEMENT THINKERS, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1470027

Charles Manz (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Amherst ( email )

Department of Operations and Information Managemen
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

Kim Cameron

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States

Karen Manz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Robert Marx

University of Massachusetts Amherst ( email )

Department of Operations and Information Managemen
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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