R. ten Bos

R. ten Bos
Radboud University | RU · Dept of Management Sciences

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Huisartsen hebben niet meer de status die ze ooit hadden. Dat ligt niet alleen aan de krenkingen die het gevolg zijn van de om zich heen grijpende marktwerking, maar ook aan de veranderende aard van de gezondheidszorg zelf. Zo heeft de huisarts steeds meer concurrentie gekregen van de medisch specialist, en speelt de veranderende rol van de zorg ze...
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Organizations often motivate their environmental efforts by arguing that ‘good ethics is good business’. Though instrumental arguments of this nature put environmental concerns firmly on the corporate agenda, it comes at a price. Such reasoning relies on age-old fact-value distinctions, from which perspective rational subjects must gather the facts...
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Sapere aude! – Durf te denken! Het motto van de Verlichting en eeuwenlang een belangrijke onderlegger voor onderwijs en opvoeding. De afgelopen decennia is de oproep van Kant ondergesneeuwd geraakt in het onderwijs. Onderwijs is in de ban geraakt van beleidsplannen, rendementen en kwaliteitstoetsen. In dit boek gaan dertien filosofen terug naar de...
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At the opening of the 2nd EPNOE conference the role and responsibility of polysaccharide scientists was reflected upon and placed in the context of actual global issues like the transition process towards "sustainable bio-economy". Difficulties in the chain of communication between the different parties involved and towards the wider public was add...
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This paper consists of two parts. The first provides a philosophical history of the concept of wonder, taking Heidegger's reading of the Greek verb thaumazein ('to wonder') as its point of departure. It shows how the Greek sense of wonder, understood as a dwelling in the everyday, has changed over time. Wonder becomes understood as curiosity and am...
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The concept of the gesture is explored in relationship with its moral significance rather than, for example, its aesthetic significance. It is argued that the concept can be used in order to make clear how morality relates to the body. This is not to suggest that gestures can be neatly defined. On the contrary, they always seem to be ambivalent and...
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Goals of the chapter. After studying this chapter you will be able to: Understand why sustainable development has become an important issue for business corporations; understand the skepticism that mainstream approaches towards sustainability have generated; understand how discussions about sustainability impact on the variety of ways we have come...
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Goals of this chapter. After studying this chapter you will be able to: Understand the moral ambiguity surrounding whistle-blowing practices; understand the differences in the way the US and Europe perceive and deal with whistle-blowing; understand Caputo's description of obligations; understand Bauman's description of the moral impulse; understand...
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Goals of this chapter. After studying this chapter you will be able to: Describe how the meaning of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been historically contested; appreciate the productive role which questioning can play within the CSR debate; illustrate how Martin Heidegger's work delineates just such a manner of destructive questioning; o...
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Business ethics has largely been written from the perspective of analytical philosophy with very little attention paid to the work of continental philosophers. Yet although very few of these philosophers directly discuss business ethics, it is clear that their ideas have interesting applications in this field. This innovative textbook shows how the...
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Business ethics has largely been written from the perspective of analytical philosophy with very little attention paid to the work of continental philosophers. Yet although very few of these philosophers directly discuss business ethics, it is clear that their ideas have interesting applications in this field. This innovative textbook shows how the...
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The paper starts with the question, posed by Wittgenstein, whether animalscan feign or act as if they are performing in a theatre. It is argued that the idea that they cannot is widespread, not only in philosophy but also in biology or poetry. Animals are generally considered to be too honest for that. A second question is whether there are people...
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In the paper Peter Sloterdijk is portrayed as a philosopher of elements who tries to correct the traditional philosophical reliance on earth by focusing on the elements air and water. The paper discusses the role that the latter element plays in Sloterdijk's philosophy. It is argued that it is crucial to understand this role in order to come to gri...
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The German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk can be seen as a philosopher of elements. It is argued that he takes a special interest in air and water. In the paper, the focus is on what Sloterdijk has to say about water. More particularly, it is shown that this element plays a pivotal role in what Sloterdijk himself refers to as his 'amphibious anthropo...
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This paper takes issue with what seem to be standard practices of at least some organizations that use models in their ad campaigns. These organizations know that many of their models have had drug problems but refuse either to tolerate this or to help them. Some organizations have, allegedly in the name of a responsibility for the health of their...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess the role of management gurus in a contemporary society. Design/methodology/approach To further understanding about the specific atmosphere favorable to the production and consumption of the guruesque ideas the paper draws on the work of Goffman and MacIntyre about the performance‐like quality of organ...
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It is argued that the focus within organization studies on wisdom is one‐sided in the sense that it ignores stupidity, wisdom’s little stepbrother. Too often it is simply taken for granted that an increase in wisdom will lead to a decrease in stupidity. The problem with this assumption is that it is philosophically uninformed. Stupidity and wisdom...
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In his preface to Anti-Oedipus, Michel Foucault suggests that Deleuze and Guattari answer questions less concerned with why things might be so, and more concerned with how to proceed. The procession that he identifies is the employment of desire in political action against (at least) the ‘fascism in all of us, in our heads and in our everyday behav...
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Organization has a very complex relationship with contamination in the sense that they both need and fear it. We define this ambivalent or paradoxical characteristic of organization as hosophobic and argue that some forms of contamination are deemed to be dangerous whereas other forms, most notably the contamination of people, are considered as mor...
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For Business Ethics is a daring adventure into the world of business ethics. It offers a clear and accessible introduction to business ethics and also expands business ethics beyond its current narrow confines. It is ground-breaking in the sense that it invites a distinctively critical approach to business ethics, an approach that the authors argue...
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Roads and paths are symbols that are omnipresent in organizational thought. As such they are the hallmarks of the modernist legacy. It is argued that roads are not necessarily trustworthy and that the labyrinth through which they are supposed to guide us is more innocent than modernism suggests. The article raises many questions about, inter alia,...
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This is a book that we would enthusiastically recommend to those who unconditionally believe in the epistemologically or politically unproblematic character of organisational research. Carl Rhodes, once an employee of the Boston Consulting Group, now researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney, has written a small yet important book about ac...
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This paper develops and problematises the notion of the ‘exemplary worker’—an idealised worker who is automated, compliant and mechanical. We suggest that the identity of such a worker emerges historically in a range of organisational, social and cultural discourses and provides a norm against which real workers are to be judged. Most recently, thi...
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In the article, I address the strained relationship between business, the ethics of business and working life, on the one hand, and what is sometimes referred to as melancholy, on the other. I take issue with the age-old claim that one should keep to the books if one is to prevent melancholy. I argue that this claim, half-forgotten as it may be, is...
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Berlin's ideas about value pluralism are used in order to criticize business ethics. These ideas can be traced back to Machiavelli, a philosopher who has been remarkably popular among managers and business leaders. The first part of the article, therefore, enters into why Berlin thought Machiavelli paved the way for value pluralism. It will be conc...
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We highlight and challenge the dominance of rationalist assumptions in business ethics that promote and legitimize a privileging of reason over emotion as a source of moral action. We ask whether it is possible for business ethics not only to challenge this hierarchy but to avoid its reversal. We start by exploring some origins of reason-based ethi...
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Why is it that people in organizations seem to be so vulnerable to management fashion and guruism? And why is it that both phenomena are loathed in traditional academic thinking about management and organization? In this book, René ten Bos argues for a more philosophical rather than scientific understanding of management fashion. In doing so he que...
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This paper relates Zygmunt Bauman's admonitions of the 'bureaucratic mentality' to business ethics. Although I am not in agreement with everything Bauman has to say,I will argue that business ethicists, consultants and others who claim to be able to do the moral thinking for others should take Bauman's worries about the moral autonomy of people wor...
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This highly polemical and Dutch-rooted article is intended as a contribution to the debates in both popular and academic literature about business process redesign and similar change programmes. Describes BPR and its logical successor, the “holonic” organization, as operational and technocratic instruments which endanger the well-being of employees...

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