Ethics for managers philosophical foundations and business realities

Ethics for managers philosophical foundations and business realities

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Full Terms & Conditions of access and use can be found at Download by: [Charles Sturt University] Date: 29 July 2016, At: 19:49 Action Learning: Research and Practice ISSN: 1476-7333 (Print) 1476-7341 (Online) Journal homepage: Ethics for managers: philosophical foundations and business realities Ian Lovegrove To cite this article: Ian Lovegrove (2014) Ethics for managers: philosophical foundations and business realities, Action Learning: Research and Practice, 11:1, 113-118, DOI: 10.1080/14767333.2013.874781 To link to this article: Published online: 06 Feb 2014. Submit your article to this journal Article views: 179 View related articles View Crossmark data
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The denial of the coming cuts was one of the more serious strategic errors of many senior managers and of political leaders in local government, the police and in other public service sectors. That tendency to bury the head, to hope that the latest fashion for cuts will blow over, is one of the weaknesses of public service organisations. To see it echoed in a text is more disappointing. This book should be the very place to find discussion of austerity. How do we engage with these challenges at a strategic level? What sorts of leadership styles (not processes) are fit for the challenges ahead? What is there to learn from regimes of austerity in the past? These are the key strategic leadership challenges for public services today. This volume is largely mute. And I wonder whether we need a fresh, street-level, subaltern approach to strategy and/or leadership in public services? References van Dooren, W., G. Bouckeart, and J. Halligan. 2010. Performance Management in the Public Sector . London: Routledge. Lipsky, M. 1980. Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services . New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation. Miller, K. J., and D. McTavish. 2013. Making and Managing Public Policy . London: Routledge. Trehan, K., and M. Pedler. 2009. “Animating Critical Action Learning: Process-Based Leadership and Management Development.” Action Learning: Research and Practice 6 (1): 35–49. Mike Rowe University of Liverpool Management School, Chatham Street, Liverpool L69 7ZH, UK Email: [email protected] # 2014, Mike Rowe Ethics for managers: philosophical foundations and business realities , by Joseph Gilbert, New York, Routledge, First Edition, 2012, 255 pp., £31.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-80709-8 Introduction Whilst Ethics for Managers is primarily addressed at managers, ethics is some- thing that permeates all walks of life and should be a concern for everyone. Issues such as politicians’ expenses and police reporting on the Hillsborough tragedy have placed a critical lens on ethical actions. However, for Gilbert, his central focus on managers emanates from their being ‘ . . . paid to oversee Book reviews 113 Downloaded by [Charles Sturt University] at 19:49 29 July 2016
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the work of others’ (1) and in overseeing others, their actions need be based on ethical principles.
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