Critical Management Ethics by T. Klikauer

By T. Klikauer

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

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Despite the wishful thinking and pretences of the textbooks’ version of management, the reality is not the fabricated place of harmony, invented unity, illusory cohesion, and community of friends it is made out to be. Management always includes Hegel’s Other which is represented through non-managerial staff. Ever since Taylor’s Division of Labour (1911) the world of management has been divided into those who manage and those who are managed.

According to Hume, reason exerts itself without producing any sensible emotion. Instead, we arrive at good and evil through our inner feelings, our character, and our virtues. For Hume, vice and virtue are not discoverable merely by reason. Morality therefore is more properly felt than judged. Hume saw ethics as a question of virtues when we combat passion and reason. Hume, like many others favoured a universal approach when saying that ethics consists of principles of humanity in which every man, in some degree, concurs.

50 Schrijvers (2004) even argues that you can give or deny power to your employees by the place you allocated them in your Critical Virtue Ethics: From Aristotle to Adorno 31 company. It is managerial usefulness and managerial power-play, not Aristotelian friendship, that allocates human material/resources. Finally, Aristotle’s ethical concept of friendship is also related to a happy and honourable life neither of which constitutes anything useful for management. Living a happy and honourable life can never be an end in-itself (Kant) for management.

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