African "Ubuntu" Philosophy and Global Management

Journal of Business Ethics 84 (3):313 - 328 (2009)
Abstract
In our age of globalization, we need a theory of global management consistent with our common human nature. The place to begin in developing such a theory is the philosophy of traditional cultures. The article focuses on African philosophy and its fruitfulness for contributing to a theory of management consistent with African traditional cultures. It also looks briefly at the Confucian and Platonic-Aristotelian traditions and notes points of agreement with African traditions. It concludes that the needed theory of global management should regard the firm as a community, not a collection of individuals, and should understand the purpose of management as promoting the common good
Keywords Africa  common good  community  tradition   ubuntu  virtue
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