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Management and acting "beyond the call of duty"


  • Argandoña, Antonio

    () (IESE Business School)


This paper uses a real-life case taken from political history and recounted by Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic. Three times in this country's history, its leaders opted for a "more realistic" solution (giving way when faced with a serious problem: invasion or insurrection) in preference to a "more ethical" solution (resisting, knowing the high cost in human lives this would entail). In this paper we analyze the relationship between heroism (adopting a "more ethical" solution), management, and leadership. Particular emphasis is placed on the morality of the "more ethical" decision, the obligation or lack of it to put that decision into practice, and the relationship between a "more ethical" form of conduct and leadership in the firm.

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  • Argandoña, Antonio, 2001. "Management and acting "beyond the call of duty"," IESE Research Papers D/416, IESE Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0416

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    1. Argandoña, Antonio, 2009. "Can corporate social responsibility help us understand the credit crisis?," IESE Research Papers D/790, IESE Business School.

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    Consequence; courage; decision; ethics; heroism;

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    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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