Meaningfulness and Mutuality in a Critical Conception of the Corporation

Yeoman, Ruth (2016) Meaningfulness and Mutuality in a Critical Conception of the Corporation. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2016 (1). p. 11656. ISSN 0065-0668

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This paper outlines a critical conception of the corporation that is grounded in respect for the intrinsic worth of stakeholders, and where the normative product of an organisation is assessed by the extent to which it promotes human dignity. The theoretical development relies upon an integration of meaningfulness and mutuality, where experiencing meaningfulness is a fundamental human need that is satisfied through our membership of organisations structured by the values and principles of mutuality. A critical theory of the corporation includes the following elements: a standard for evaluating organisations; a specific normative content for internal organising; an empirical grounding that connects to social realities; and an objective of human emancipation. Using a theoretical integration of meaningfulness and mutuality to provide normative substance, the standard is supplied by ethical capacity (understood as relational quality, deliberative voice and value pluralism); normative content by intrinsic worth; empirical validity by evidence of a fundamental need for meaning; and emancipatory objective by harnessing organisational purpose to the production of the common good. Respecting intrinsic worth is central to the activation of meaningfulness by mutual organisation, and is realised through voice practices that involve members in valuing, purposing and acting together.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mutuality, meaningfulness, corporation
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 10:15
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:19

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