Moral Mazes

Moral Mazes : The World of Corporate Managers

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This classic study of ethics in business presents an eye-opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness. Robert Jackall takes the reader inside a topsy-turvy world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, but sharp talk, self-promotion, powerful patrons, and sheer luck might. What sort of everyday rules-in-use do people play by when there are no fixed standards to explain why some
succeed and others fail? In the words of one corporate manager, those rules boil down to this maxim: "What is right in the corporation is what the guy above you wants from you. That's what morality is in the corporation.This brilliant, disturbing, funny look at the ethos of the corporate world presents
compelling real life stories of the men and women charged with running the businesses of America. This anniversary edition includes an afterword by the author linking the themes of Moral Mazes to the financial tsunami that engulfed the world economy in 2008.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 157 x 235 x 21mm | 480g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Updated Edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0199729883
  • 9780199729883
  • 225,025

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION: BUSINESS AS A SOCIAL AND MORAL TERRAIN ; 1. Moral Probations, Old and New ; 2. The Social Structure of Managerial Work ; 3. The Main Chance ; 4. Looking Up and Looking Around ; 5. Drawing Lines ; 6. Dexterity with Symbols ; 7. The Magic Lantern ; 8. Invitations to Jeopardy ; AUTHOR'S NOTE ; AFTERWORD TO THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION ; NOTES ; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
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Some books have the rare fortune to become ever more relevant, more useful, and more interesting twenty years after they were written. This books fortune involves a kind of misfortune, because the phenomena that Moral Mazes analyzes are deplorable, and we would wish that the book were no longer relevant. Originally published in 1989, Moral Mazes has been supplemented for this second edition with a long analysis of how the 'organized irresponsibility' Jackall analyzed
in the 1980s has become the key to understanding our current Great Recession. ... I can think of no single book that has more opened up my sense of how to do philosophy in the last year. * Philosophical Practice *
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About Robert Jackall

Robert Jackall is the Willmott Family Third Century Professor of Sociology & Public Affairs, Williams College; author of Image Makers: Advertising, Public Relations, and the Ethos of Advocacy (Chicago, 2000), Wild Cowboys: Urban Marauders & the Forces of Order (Harvard, 1997), and Street Stories: The World of Police Detectives (Harvard, 2005).
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