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The Normative Justification of Integrative Stakeholder Engagement: A Habermasian View on Responsible Leadership


Patzer, Moritz; Voegtlin, Christian; Scherer, Andreas (2018). The Normative Justification of Integrative Stakeholder Engagement: A Habermasian View on Responsible Leadership. Business Ethics Quarterly, 28(3):325-354.

Abstract

The transition from modern to postmodern society leads to changing expectations about the purpose and responsibility of leadership. Habermas’s social theory provides a useful analytical tool for understanding current societal transition processes and exploring their implications for the responsibility of business vis-à-vis society. We argue that integrative responsible leadership, in particular, can contribute to the reconciliation of business with societal goals. Integrative responsible leadership understood in a Habermasian way is not only a strategic endeavor but also a communicative endeavor. An essential part of integrative responsible leadership in light of the current societal transformation processes is the facilitation of discourses about a shared base of norms and values. This is exemplified alongside current societal developments like the European migration crisis or the emerging nationalist and fundamentalist movements in some countries. We specify how and when leadership should resort to communicative action and discuss the implications for leadership.

Abstract

The transition from modern to postmodern society leads to changing expectations about the purpose and responsibility of leadership. Habermas’s social theory provides a useful analytical tool for understanding current societal transition processes and exploring their implications for the responsibility of business vis-à-vis society. We argue that integrative responsible leadership, in particular, can contribute to the reconciliation of business with societal goals. Integrative responsible leadership understood in a Habermasian way is not only a strategic endeavor but also a communicative endeavor. An essential part of integrative responsible leadership in light of the current societal transformation processes is the facilitation of discourses about a shared base of norms and values. This is exemplified alongside current societal developments like the European migration crisis or the emerging nationalist and fundamentalist movements in some countries. We specify how and when leadership should resort to communicative action and discuss the implications for leadership.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Business, Management and Accounting
Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:July 2018
Deposited On:23 Aug 2019 08:54
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:11
Publisher:Society for Business Ethics / Philosophy Documentation Center
ISSN:1052-150X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/beq.2017.33
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:15465

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