The possibilities of cosmopolitanism and postcolonialism for an ethical stance on International HRM

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Abstract

Starting from postcolonial critiques that IHRM takes a very cliché-oriented approach towards the other, we explore how a cosmopolitan framework may help IHRM to inscribe an ethical stance in its research agenda. Exploring the plurality of cosmopolitan perspectives, we distinguish two main forms which each implies a different understanding of ethical responsibility. The normative or ideal of cosmopolitanism refers to world citizenship as the essential harmony of human kind, suggesting a normative stance of universal virtues, whereas the analytical-empirical approach focuses on the actual performance of cosmopolitanism in daily lives, suggesting an ongoing enactment of ethical practice. To broaden the horizon of IHRM in a critical way, we propose to take an ethical position in which cosmopolitan principles are connected with the everyday moral life of international management. We conclude by reflecting on how to theorize and write about cosmopolitan processes in international business and organization.

Authors Janssens, Maddy & Steyaert, Chris
Language English
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Refereed No
Date 6 August 2012
Event Title 72nd Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2012 "The Informal Economy"
Event Location Boston, USA
Event Dates 03.-07.08.2012
Depositing User Prof. PhD Chris Steyaert
Date Deposited 22 Feb 2013 10:35
Last Modified 04 May 2018 11:40
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/220873

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Janssens, Maddy & Steyaert, Chris: The possibilities of cosmopolitanism and postcolonialism for an ethical stance on International HRM. 2012. - 72nd Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2012 "The Informal Economy". - Boston, USA.

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