Research Handbook of Responsible Management
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Research Handbook of Responsible Management

Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali

Outlining origins of the field and latest research trends, this Research Handbook offers a unique and cutting-edge take on the numerous avenues to responsible management in the 21st century. Renowned contributors present iconic viewpoints that have formed the foundation of responsible management research, introducing cutting-edge conceptual lenses for the study of the responsible management process.
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Chapter 7: Responsible leadership and management: key distinctions and shared concerns

Nancy J. Adler and Oliver Laasch

Abstract

Nancy Adler is one of the most influential scholars in cross-cultural management and leadership. The exchange documented in this chapter showcases the value of Nancy’s contributions to responsible management and leadership. The chapter starts with discussing the relationship between responsible leadership and responsible management, and then moves on to explore key concerns in both fields. Themes addressed include the importance of being able to walk away from a job that requires irresponsibility; the distinction between responsibility, irresponsibility, and ‘aresponsibility’; a comparative perspective on (ir)responsibility; the role of women leaders and diversity; and the importance of beauty in responsible leadership and management. A commentary follows each of Nancy’s responses that creates a connection to the extant responsible management discussion while highlighting related opportunities for future research.

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