Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali
Chapter 18: Islamic perspective of responsible management
Responsible managers, in current management scholarship, integrate issues of sustainability, responsibility, and ethics into their jobs. Yet, from an Islamic perspective, that would not be sufficient. The concept of responsibility in Islam can be traced to the essential role that human beings have as vicegerents of God, with an utmost responsibility towards God. Thereafter, responsibilities arise towards one’s family, neighbors, business associates, and other creatures. Such a perspective yields five key dimensions of responsibility. First, responsible managers have a duty to abide by Islamic injunctions that prohibit the infliction of harm. Second, they consult with others before making key decisions. Third, they do not make exceptions based on favoritism or personal preferences. Fourth, they hold themselves accountable, not only to God, but also to other stakeholders. Finally, responsible managers do not evade being held liable to their actions. The chapter also addresses, in relation to responsible management, the discord between knowledge and practice in Muslim societies. Implications for managerial behavior and future research are discussed.
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