Philosophy of Management and Sustainability: Rethinking Business Ethics and Social Responsibility in Sustainable Development

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff
Roskilde University, Denmark

Product Details
30 Sep 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
264 pages - 152 x 229mm


Using an interdisciplinary focus, this book combines the research disciplines of philosophy, business management and sustainability to aid and advance both scholarly and practitioner understanding of sustainability management and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

As businesses and society continue to transition towards further sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, the key challenge faced is in rethinking the philosophy of management and business ethics to achieve this change in deep and lasting ways. 

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff explores the philosophical foundations of business ethics, economics and sustainability through four key themes: 
  1. From CSR and business ethics to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 
  2. Philosophy of management and ethical economy of sustainability  
  3. Foundations of philosophy of management, ethics and sustainability 
  4. Responsible management of sustainability. 
In reflecting on the works of philosophers and scholars such as Hannah Arendt, Paul Ricœur, Thomas Piketty and Peter Koslowski within the context of sustainability, globalization, anthropocene ethics and corporate social responsibility, the book presents a key understanding of the vital philosophical foundations for creating progressive business models in a more sustainable society.
I. From CSR and business ethics to sustainable development Goals (SDGs) 
1. Ethics and justice in the international world: The Problem of globalization and the need for a cosmopolitan spirit
2. Sustainability and business ethics in a global society 
3. Ethics of administration - Towards sustainability and cosmopolitanism 
4. Corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and stakeholder management 
5. Business sustainability and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) 
II. Philosophy of management and ethical economy of sustainability 
6. Philosophy of management and ethical interdependence in the Anthropocene age 
7. Environmental catastrophe and challenges to ethical decision-making 
8. From the financial crisis to a new economics of sustainability 
9. Ethical economy and the environment 
10. The concept of equality in ethics and political economy 
III. Foundations of philosophy of management, ethics and sustainability
11. The dark side of sustainability: Evil in organizations and corporations 
12. The ethics of integrity: A new foundation of sustainable wholeness 
13. Recognition between cultures as the foundation of ethical and political sustainability 
14. Philosophy of management in the hypermodern experience economy 
IV. Responsible management of sustainability 
15. The principle of responsibility: Rethinking CSR as SDG-management
Jacob Dahl Rendtorff is a Professor in the Philosophy of Management at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research on the philosophy of management, business ethics, stakeholder theory and corporate social responsibility has been published in numerous internationally-renowned journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics Education and Ecoethica. Moreover, he is associate editor of the Social Responsibility Journal (Emerald). He has also authored and co-authored a number of books, including Cosmopolitan Business Ethics (2017) and Stakeholder Theory (2016).
'Philosophy of Management and Sustainability is a very important subject. This book is a must-read for academics, scholars and practitioners of CSR, business ethics and sustainability.' - Eric Pezet, Professor of Management, Université Paris Nanterre

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