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Frontiers, Intersections and Engagements of Ethics and HRM


  • Gavin Jack


  • Michelle Greenwood


  • Jan Schapper



This essay, and the special issue it introduces, sets out to reignite ethical interrogations of the theory and practice of Human Resource Management (HRM). To cultivate greater levels of boundary-spanning debate about the ethics of HRM, we develop a framework of four tenors for scholarly work: the ethical-declarative, the ethical-subjunctive, the ethical-ethnographic, the ethical-systemic. Each of these tenors denotes particular grounds for ethical critique and encourages scholars to consider the subjects and objects of their enquiry, the disciplinary scope of their work and the limits to subsequent claims about ethics and HRM. We provisionally locate each of the papers comprising the special issue with regard to one, or more, of these tenors. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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  • Gavin Jack & Michelle Greenwood & Jan Schapper, 2012. "Frontiers, Intersections and Engagements of Ethics and HRM," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 111(1), pages 1-12, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:111:y:2012:i:1:p:1-12
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1427-y

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    1. Ajnesh Prasad & Albert Mills, 2010. "Critical Management Studies and Business Ethics: A Synthesis and Three Research Trajectories for the Coming Decade," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 94(2), pages 227-237, August.
    2. Freeman, R. Edward, 1994. "The Politics of Stakeholder Theory: Some Future Directions," Business Ethics Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, vol. 4(04), pages 409-421, October.
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