Values and Poetic Organizations: Beyond Value Fit Toward Values Through Conversation [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 113 (1):39-49 (2013)
Authors
Robert Edward Freeman
University of Virginia
Abstract
In the midst of greed, corruption, the economic crash and the general disillusionment of business, current conceptions of leadership, organizational values, and authenticity are being questioned. In this article, we fill a prior research gap by directly exploring the intersection of these three concepts. We begin by delving into the relationship between individual values and organizational values. This analysis reveals that the “value fit” approach to creating authenticity is limited, and also indicates that a deeper exploration of the nature of values and the role of leadership is necessary. More specifically, we propose that organizational values should be viewed as an opportunity for ongoing conversations about who we are and how we connect. Through this type of dialogue which we define as “value through conversation”, we can create what we call poetic organizations. A typology of four interconnected values each of which forms a foundation for the critical questioning and inquiry that might be found in poetic organizations is developed. We suggest that this conceptualization offers a new and dynamic approach for thinking about the relationships between leadership, values, and authenticity and has important implications for both research and practice
Keywords Authenticity  Values  Business ethics  Leadership  Responsibility
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10551-012-1279-5
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 35,457
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity.Richard Rorty - 1989 - Cambridge University Press.
Values, Authenticity, and Responsible Leadership.R. Edward Freeman & Ellen R. Auster - 2011 - Journal of Business Ethics 98 (S1):15-23.
Business Leadership: Three Levels of Ethical Analysis.Daniel E. Palmer - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S3):525-536.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Mapping Espoused Organizational Values.Humphrey Bourne, Mark Jenkins & Emma Parry - forthcoming - Journal of Business Ethics:1-16.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Values, Authenticity, and Responsible Leadership.R. Edward Freeman & Ellen R. Auster - 2011 - Journal of Business Ethics 98 (S1):15-23.
Fostering Values in Organizations.Antonio Argandoña - 2003 - Journal of Business Ethics 45 (1-2):15 - 28.
Individual Values and Business Ethics.Ray Coye - 1986 - Journal of Business Ethics 5 (1):45 - 49.
Organizational Moral Values.Elizabeth D. Scott - 2002 - Business Ethics Quarterly 12 (1):33-56.
The Value of Cognitive Values.Heather Douglas - 2013 - Philosophy of Science 80 (5):796-806.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2012-03-29

Total downloads
16 ( #366,721 of 2,285,031 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #390,087 of 2,285,031 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature