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The Public Authority of the Managers of Private Organizations

Christopher McMahon

in The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195307955
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195307955.003.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Public Authority of the Managers of Private Organizations

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This article examines the public authority or power of managers of private business organizations. The fact that people need to make a living, and thus must do what they are told by employers, does not establish that the managers of private corporations exercise legitimate authority. It merely establishes that they possess directive power. This article suggests that the managers of private corporations can only be regarded as exercising legitimate authority only if their authority is understood as a subordinate form of cooperation facilitating authority.

Keywords: managers; private organizations; public authority; directive power; legitimate authority

Article.  12785 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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