Reconciling Profit and Performance with Integrity.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2014

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TitleInternational Institute of Social and Economic Sciences 11th International Academic Conference
PlaceIceland
CityReykjavik
Period24 - 27 June 2014

Abstract

The so-called ‘global financial crisis’ (GFC) of 2008-9 and its continuing effects throughout the Eurozone to this day provide an intriguing backdrop for theorising the role of integrity in organizational performance and how it can reconcile with the profit motive. This paper examines this vexatious question through Lyotard’s lens by asking how people in commercial enterprises understand and define ‘knowledge’ in organizations, how this knowledge is transferred and how, in turn, this affects organizational performance and integrity. Thirty years after its publication, we considers that it opens a welcome opportunity to revisit Jean-François Lyotard’s (1984) seminal study The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge as it is particularly intriguing to question the authority by which knowledge and integrity are legitimated in such enterprises and to do this we revisit Lyotard’s (1984: 9) pertinent questions: ‘Who decides what knowledge is, and who knows what needs to be decided?’ We draw on both performativity theory and Levinas’s (1985) notion of acting responsibly and having ‘responsibility to others’ to examine ways organizational performance and management decisions can be constructed to by-pass ethical considerations, miss critical observations and thus opportunities.

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Reconciling Profit and Performance with Integrity. / CHAN, Andrew; GARRICK, John.

2014. Paper presented at International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences 11th International Academic Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review