Leadership After Virtue: MacIntyre's Critique of Management Reconsidered

Sinnicks, Matthew (2018) Leadership After Virtue: MacIntyre's Critique of Management Reconsidered. Journal of Business Ethics, 147 (4). pp. 735-746. ISSN 1573-0697

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MacIntyre argues that management embodies emotivism, and thus is inherently amoral and manipulative. His claim that management is necessarily Weberian is, at best, outdated, and the notion that management aims to be neutral and value free is incorrect. However, new forms of management, and in particular the increased emphasis on leadership which emerged after MacIntyre’s critique was published, tend to support his central charge. Indeed, charismatic and transformational forms of leadership seem to embody emotivism to a greater degree than do more Weberian, bureaucratic forms of management; hence, MacIntyre’s central contention about our emotivistic culture seems to be well founded. Having criticised the details but defended the essence of MacIntyre’s critique of management, this paper sketches a MacIntyrean approach to management and leadership by highlighting the affinities between MacIntyre’s political philosophy and Greenleaf’s concept of servant leadership.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Management history, Emotivism, Alasdair MacIntyre, Virtue ethics, Charismatic leadership, Servant leadership
Subjects: N200 Management studies
V500 Philosophy
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Matthew Sinnicks
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 16:20
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 21:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28814

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