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 36: A strength-based approach to responsible management: professional moral courage and moral competency

Leslie E. Sekerka


Responsible management rests upon the assumption that business is conducted ethically, that performance is more than achieving short-term profit goals. Leadership is needed to help managers develop, maintain, and cultivate environments where individuals can stand up for what they believe is right. To enable this call to action, a strength-based approach to responsible management is needed. This chapter addresses this concern by describing the concept of professional moral courage (PMC). Moral competencies, skills that support the ability to exercise PMC when facing an ethical challenge, are also outlined. The chapter is designed to help teachers and leaders embrace moral strength and to better understand how to develop and support it in the workplace.

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