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Strategy and Virtue: Developing Strategy-As-Practice Through Virtue Ethics

Room 403, Business and Law Building


Strategy and Virtue: Developing Strategy-As-Practice Through Virtue Ethics

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Professor Haridimos Tsoukas draws on virtue ethics, especially as understood by Alasdair MacIntyre, in this seminar to offer a view of strategic management that underscores its moral dimension. Using several examples, he suggests that strategic management should be viewed as a certain kind of practice that aims at making future organisational well-being as important as the present.

This implies that strategic management needs, in principle, to be concerned with first articulating a good purpose for the organisation (what he calls "values articulation work"). Doing so helps carve out an identity for the organisation, which provides it with direction and serves as a benchmark for the ongoing exercise of organisational responsibility, thus further refining value commitments and earning trust and legitimacy from outside stakeholders. Secondly, strategic management needs to be concerned with exercising practical wisdom to balance caring for refining the capacities for excellence of the core practices an organisation contains ("capabilities development work") and, at the same time, doing what is necessary for the organization to succeed in its external environment through searching for competitive advantage ("differentiation work").

About the Speaker

Professor Hari Tsoukas has described himself as an (unhappy) engineer by discipline, migrating to the social sciences, and finding his intellectual home in organisation and management studies. Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Warwick Business School, his pevious appointments include: Manchester Business School, the University of Essex, the University of Strathclyde, and ALBA Graduate Business School (Greece). He works as the Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Cyprus. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney Business School; Academic Adviser to the Hellenic Association of Chief Executive Officers; former Editor-in-Chief of Organization Studies (2003-2008); and a co-founder and co-organizer of the acclaimed International Symposium on Process Organization Studies.

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Room 403, Business and Law Building
City Campus East
Northumbria University
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