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Papers on the Ethics of Administration
Papers on the Ethics of Administration
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'Abd al-Rahman al-Jami - Editor
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Hardcover - 252 pages
Release Date: September 1988
ISBN10: 0-88706-961-4
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-961-1

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Paperback - 252 pages
Release Date: September 1988
ISBN10: 0-88706-962-2
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-962-8

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Summary

The recent, well-published cases of unethical behavior on the part of top-level executives in business as well as in government have given impetus to an increasing national concern with organizational or administrative ethics. Indeed, ethics has become the crucial focus in the study of administration. As one of the contributors to this work states: American management has lost its soul. Corrupt and barbaric managerial practices reported in the press and on television have eroded the public's confidence in management leadership legitimacy.

In this volume, ten scholars attack the issues of administrative ethics in ways they think are most important. Interestingly, most all of the essays return to the familiar theme that organizational ethics is dependent on personal ethics. In other words, we must become better people if we are to have better organizational governance. Good systems do not produce good people: rather good people produce good systems.

The essays in this collection describe a variety of ideas about how contemporary management can incorporate ideas like personal integrity, mutual trust, and true concern for others as the basis of organizational life. In particular, they acknowledge that ethics, as a discipline, is changing. There is a growing rejection of the attempt to justify all in terms of some version of science. There is rather a return to the systematic thought of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and to the work of the philosophers of the late Middle Ages. Answers to the problems of the ethics of administration will be found as we struggle--as the Founding Fathers did--with the classic and eternal issues of human morality in action.

Contributors

Norman E. Bowie is the Director of the Center for the Study of Values and a Professor of Philosophy and Business Administration at the University of Delaware.
F. Neil Brady is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration, San Diego State University.
David K. Hart is the J. Fish Smith Professor of Free Enterprise Studies in the Institute of Public Management, School of Management, Brigham Young University.
Stanford S. McConkie is an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at Brigham Young University and President of S and M Natural Resources, Inc.
David L. Norton is a Professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Management, Brigham Young University.
J. Bonner Ritchie is the Chairman of the Organizational Behavior Department, School of Management, Brigham Young University.
John A. Rohr is a Professor of Public Administration at the Center for Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
William G. Scott is Affiliate Program Professor of Management, University of Washington.
Kenneth D. Walters is the Dean of the School of Business, California Polytechnic State University.
Margaret J. Wheatley, formerly Professor of Management at Cambridge College, is the Executive Vice President of Ibis Consulting Group, Incorporated, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
N. Dale Wright is the Director of the Institute of Public Management and Health Administration at Brigham Young University.


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