Practicing Relational Ethics in Organizations
by Gitte Haslebo and Maja Loua Haslebo
Taos Institute Publications, 2012
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Paperback, 302 pages
In unforeseeable ways, events in organizations can lead to loss of face, violations of personal dignity, damaged relationships and poor results. Managers, employees and consultants search for ideas that might help them deal with complicated situations in morally respectful ways. By telling nine dramatic real life stories the authors illustrate how managers, employees and consultants might find inspiration in key social constructionist concepts and relational ethics. They introduce and unfold five key moral obligations in relational ethics: social responsibility, dialogic obligations, shared responsibility for positioning, inquiry of value to the work community and the obligation to interact as morally responsible agents.
Gitte Haslebo and Maja Loua Haslebo are organizational psychology consultants working with both private companies and public organizations in Denmark. They are authors of a large number of widely used books and articles on leadership development, consultancy work and organizational development in a social constructionist perspective. In their preface the authors write: “We hope that this book may help build relationships and dialogue across national, cultural and organizational boundaries”.
“Practicing Relational Ethics in Organizations is a wonderful book and I recommend it highly. It moves forward the discussion about ethics in organizations within a social constructionist perspective. Beautifully written and a delight to read, it provides an opportunity for English-readers to see how familiar ideas are being developed and practiced in a less familiar social, political, and institutional context, and – most importantly, from my perspective – the authors succeed in inscribing their wisdom and humanity. The book shows how we can make relational ethics support our being human in organizations.”
— W. Barnett Pearce, Professor Emeritus at Fielding Graduate University, California