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Perspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics

Including a Special Section on Business and Human Rights

  • Jacob Dahl Rendtorff


  • Presents an interdisciplinary approach to responsibility, ethics and legitimacy of corporations

  • Gives access to knowledge about the role of ethics and economics in a complex society

  • Provides insight into the connection between business practices and education in business ethics

  • Discusses critical concepts of business ethics emerging from management studies and systems theory


Part of the Ethical Economy book series (SEEP, volume 51)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Business Ethics, Philosophy of Management and Theory of Leadership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alan E. Singer
      Pages 17-30
    3. Germán Scalzo
      Pages 31-45
    4. Sarah Williams, Anja Schaefer, Richard Blundel
      Pages 73-91
    5. Magnus Frostenson, Nina Hasche, Sven Helin, Frans Prenkert
      Pages 181-195
  3. Business and Human Rights

About this book


This book presents a selection of articles with focus on the theoretical foundations of business ethics, and in particular on the philosophy of management and on human rights and business. This implies identifying and discussing conflicts as well as agreement with regard to the philosophical and other foundations of business and management.

Despite the general interest in corporate social responsibility and business ethics, the contemporary discussion rarely touches upon the normative core and philosophical foundations of business. There is a need to discuss the theoretical basis of business ethics and of business and human rights. Even though the actions and activities of business may be discussed from a moral perspective, not least in the media, the judgments and opinions relating to business and management often lack deeper moral reflection and consistency.

Partly for this reason, business ethicists are constantly challenged to provide such moral and philosophical foundations for business ethics and for business and human rights, and to communicate them in an understandable manner. Such a challenge is also of scientific kind. Positions and opinions in the academic field need to be substantiated by thorough moral and theoretical reflection to underpin normative approaches. Far too often, business ethicists may agree on matters, which they approach from different and sometimes irreconcilable philosophical standpoints, resulting in superficial agreement but deeper-lying disagreement. In other cases, it may be of high relevance to identify philosophical standpoints that despite conflicting fundamentals may arrive at conclusions acceptable to everyone.


Philosophy of management Corporate social responsibility Ideology & Ethical Strategy Moral courage of financial professionals Business Responsibility for Human Rights Violations Business ethics fallacy Responsible Leadership in the Banking Sector Ethical issues in e-commerce Norms for networks Fundamental Labour Standards Health Protection Basic Human Rights and Economic Analysis Corporate Social Irresponsibility

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacob Dahl Rendtorff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences & BusinessRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark

About the editors

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff is professor at Roskilde University, Denmark and co-editor of the series ethical economy at springer, where the proposed book is proposed to be published. The book is the proceedings from the EBEN conference in Copenhagen 2015 where Jacob Dahl Rendtorff as head of EBEN Scandinavia was the main organizer.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Perspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics
  • Book Subtitle Including a Special Section on Business and Human Rights
  • Editors Jacob Dahl Rendtorff
  • Series Title Ethical Economy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Ethical Economy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-46972-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83630-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-46973-7
  • Series ISSN 2211-2707
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-2723
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 361
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Business Ethics
    Corporate Social Responsibility
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