Organizational Change, Leadership and Ethics
Leading Organizations towards Sustainability
Edited by Rune Todnem By, Bernard Burnes
Routledge – 2012 – 274 pages
Given recent financial crises and scandals, the rise of corporate social responsibility and the challenge of environmental sustainability, few would disagree that the role of ethics has taken centre stage in the management of organizations. In reality, however, organizations have found it extremely difficult to promote successful, ethical behaviour as this rarely results in short-term gains which can be appraised and rewarded.
By and Burnes bring together leading international scholars in the fields of organizational change and leadership to explore and understand the context, theory and successful promotion of ethical behaviour in organizations. By focusing on real world examples, contributors analyze the issues and challenges that hinder ethical change leadership which can lead to sustainable organizations.
This unique volume brings together the worlds of organizational change, leadership, business ethics and corporate social responsibility, resulting in a book that will be valuable reading in all four fields. With contributions from leading scholars, including David Boje, Dexter Dunphy, Suzanne Benn and Carl Rhodes, Organizational Change, Leadership and Ethics is a must-read.
'Burnes and By have pulled together contributions from some serious scholars on a topic that deserves serious attention. The result is a great resource for those that want to understand how today’s organizations might best respond to the challenge of sustainability.'
Robert MacIntosh, University of Glasgow, UK
Introduction: Ethical Change Leadership (Rune Todnem By and Bernard Burnes) Part I: Context and Theory 1. Leadership Ethics and Organizational Change: Sketching the Field (Moritz Patzer and Christian Voegtlin) 3. Perceptions and Development of Ethical Change Leadership (Rebecca Newton) 3. Justice and the Ethical Quality of Leadership (Carl Rhodes) Part II: Ethical Change Leadership: Issues and Challenges 4. Virtuality and Materiality in the Ethics of Storytelling Answerability: Implications for Leadership and Change (David M. Boje and Matt Elmore) 5. Mind the Gap: Hypocrisy Monitoring and Integrity Striving as a Source of Ethical Leadership (Ronald Dufresne and Judith Clair) 6. Moral Agency in Strategic Change: Coping with Ethical Tensions through Irony (Henrika Franck-Möller and Saku Mantere) Part III: Change Leadership and Ethics: Success and Failure 7. Incompetent or Immoral Leadership? Why Many Managers and Change Leaders get it Wrong (Thomas Diefenbach) 8. Leadership Narcissism, Ethics and Strategic Change: Is it Time to Revisit our Thinking about the Nature of Effective Leadership? (Malcolm Higgs) Part IV: Ethical Change Leadership and Organizational Sustainability 9. Leadership for Sustainable Futures (Dexter Dunphy and Suzanne Benn) 10. Leadership for the Age of Sustainability: A Dualities Approach to Organizational Change (Fiona Sutherland and Aaron C. T. Smith) Part V: Conclusions 11. Looking Back to Move Forward (Bernard Burnes)
Rune Todnem By is Academic Group Leader (Organizational Behaviour, Leadership and Change) at Staffordshire University Business School, UK. He is the editor of Routledge's Journal of Change Management and co-editor of Managing Organizational Change in Public Services (2009, Routledge). His research interests span organizational behaviour, organizational change, leadership, ethics and public services management.
Bernard Burnes is Professor of Organizational Change in the Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester, UK. His teaching and research cover organizational change in its broadest sense. This includes the history, development and current state of organizational change, organizational and inter-organizational behaviour, leadership, strategy and culture. He is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change (2011).