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 19: Catholic social teaching and responsible management

Domènec Melé

Abstract

This chapter discusses responsible management from the Catholic Social Teaching (CST) perspective, contained in papal, episcopal and conciliar documents. This is addressed primarily to Catholics, but they are also offered to all people of good will. CST gives a great importance to free will and personal responsibility and to a sound ethical foundation of responsibility. Regarding responsible management, CST does not present sustainability, responsibility, and ethics as three added theories, but as a consistent comprehensive approach, which at the core is a person-centered ethics. This leads to a manager being responsible for all stakeholders, and not only for shareholders, who has great respect for human dignity and human development.

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