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The Executive's Compass

James O'Toole

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096446
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854875 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096446.001.0001
The Executive's Compass

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This book uses political philosophy to examine the role of the corporation in our culture and its place in creating The Good Society. This book aims to provide business leaders with a practical “compass” to help them navigate the turbulent waters of social change and political conflict. The device helps managers to identify the ideological origins of contemporary political disagreements and understand the philosophical and ethical sources of our differences of opinion about such issues as executive compensation, plant closings, and environmental regulation. The beauty of this “compass” is that it provides a framework for the executive to create order out of the growing chaos of cultural diversity and conflict of values. It is aimed at expanding understanding of the interrelationship of fundamental values.

Keywords: political philosophy; corporation; Good Society; culture; social change; political conflict; managers; executives; environmental regulation; cultural diversity

Book.  176 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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Introduction: “whose Values?” in The Executive's Compass

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Why We Disagree in The Executive's Compass

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Four Poles of the Good Society in The Executive's Compass

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