The role of traditional virtues in management

The group worked over 2010–2012 to produce a book on virtue ethics, published by Springer in 2013. As part of the preparation the group arranged for visits to Adelaide by Prof Geoff Moore from Durham and Assoc Prof Leslie Sekerka from Menlo College, who conducted workshops with the chapter authors in Adelaide and Sydney (as part of the annual meeting of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics). Chris Provis, Tony O'Malley and Howard Harris have chapters in the book together with former group members Gayathri Wijesinghe and Helen Rusak and international visitors Geoff Moore and Mario Carrassi.

H Harris, G Wijesinghe and S McKenzie (eds) (2013) The heart of a good institution: virtue ethics as a framework for responsible management, Springer.

Dr Howard Harris has carried out several projects on the role of traditional virtues in management and management decision making. Much of his research in this area has focused on courage.

Dr Manjit Monga has led a project examining the role of traditional beliefs and values in Indian managers.

Other work by researchers in the group has addressed issues to do with love, spirituality and honesty.

  • H Harris (2011) 'Inquisitiveness and abduction, Charles Peirce and moral imagination', Business and Professional Ethics Journal, 30(3/4), pp 293–305.
  • J Platts and H Harris (2011) 'The place of philosophy in management', Philosophy of Management, 10(2), pp 19–39.
  • H Harris (2010) 'Professionalism: MacIntyre and Confucius on exemplary figures', Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 10(1&2), pp 3–9.
  • H Harris (2007) 'Traditional virtues and contemporary management', Philosophy of Management, 6(2), pp 61–76.
  • H Harris (2007) 'Promotion of transparency through public enquiry: Oil-for-Food, the Volcker and Cole inquiries, and Australia's wheat exports to Iraq', Business & Society Review, 112(2), pp 215–225.
  • Manjit Monga (2008) 'HRM practices to manage multicultural workforce: do the recommended best practices work for small business? A case study', European Journal of Management.
  • Manjit Monga (2007) 'Managers' Moral Reasoning: Evidence from Large Indian Manufacturing Organisations', Journal of Business Ethics, 71(2), pp 174–194.
  • Manjit Monga (2007) 'A case study of moral reasoning of North Indian manufacturing managers', Monash Business Review, 3(3).
  • Manjit Monga (2007) 'Managing Diversity through Human Resource Management: An International Perspective and Conceptual Framework', with Shen, J., Chanda, A. and D'Netto, B., International Human Resource Management Journal.
  • Manjit Monga (2005), 'Value orientations: a case study of North Indian manufacturing managers', Journal of Management Development, 24(7): 332–344.
  • Howard Harris, Manjit Monga and Chris Provis (2005), 'Value orientation of manufacturing managers in the Punjab', Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 6(2): 43–56.

Areas of study and research

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