Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers

4.03 avg rating
( 200 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195038255: Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers

"What is right in the corporation is not what is right in a man's home or in his church," a former vice-president of a large firm observes. "What is right in the corporation is what the guy above you wants from you." Such sentiments pervade American society, from corporate boardrooms to the basement of the White House. In Moral Mazes, Robert Jackall offers an eye-opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and of how big organizations shape moral consciousnss.
Based on extensive interviews with managers at every level of two industrial firms and of a large public relations agency, Moral Mazes takes the reader inside the intricate world of the corporation. It is a world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, but where sharp talk, self-promotion, powerful patrons, and sheer luck might; where intense competition is masked by cheerfully bland public faces; where intentions are cloaked and frankness is simply one of many guises; and where words are always provisional and accountability often depends on the ability to outrun mistakes.
In this topsy-turvy world, managers must bring often unforgiving technology and always difficult people together to make money, an uncompromising task demanding continual compromises with conventional verities. Moral issues are translated into practical concerns and into issues of public relations. Sooner or later, managrs ask themselves: How does one act in such a world and maintain a sense of personal integrity?
Moral Mazes is a brilliant, sometimes disturbing, often wildly funny study of corporate thinking, decision-making, and morality. It is an analytical work of great importance, one filled with compelling real life stories of the men and women charged with running the business of America. It is a book for anyone interested in how big organizations actually function, or who is concerned with the current moral malaise in our public life.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


About the Author:
Robert Jackall is Professor of Sociology and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Williams College. He is the author of Workers in a Labyrinth: Jobs and Survival in a Bank Bureaucracy, and of many essays and reviews in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Commonweal, Science, and Contemporary Sociology. In addition, he co-edited Worker Cooperatives in America with Harry M. Levin.

Review:


"Some books have the rare fortune to become ever more relevant, more useful, and more interesting twenty years after they were written. This books fortune involves a kind of misfortune, because the phenomena that Moral Mazes analyzes are deplorable, and we would wish that the book were no longer relevant. Originally published in 1989, Moral Mazes has been supplemented for this second edition with a long analysis of how the 'organized irresponsibility' Jackall analyzed in the 1980s has become the key to understanding our current Great Recession. ... I can think of no single book that has more opened up my sense of how to do philosophy in the last year."--Philosophical Practice


"An interesting, unorthodox, and provocative book.... Better than any other I have seen, [Jackall's] study reveals the normative reality of the manager's world."-Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Yale Journal on Regulation


"Reformers who want to change the corporation, first must understand it. Robert Jackall's carefully researched analysis of the 'bureaucratic ethos' is one place to
begin."--Ethikos


"A finely honed tour of an odyssey of moral transformation, in which the actors themselves remain largely unaware of the nature of their journey. It is a brilliant work."--Troy Duster, New York University


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Jackall, Robert
Published by Oxford University Press (1988)
ISBN 10: 0195038258 ISBN 13: 9780195038255
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110195038258

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 65.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Jackall, Robert
Published by Oxford University Press (1988)
ISBN 10: 0195038258 ISBN 13: 9780195038255
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0195038258

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 65.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Robert Jackall
Published by Oxford University Press (1988)
ISBN 10: 0195038258 ISBN 13: 9780195038255
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0195038258

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 90.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Robert Jackall
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (1988)
ISBN 10: 0195038258 ISBN 13: 9780195038255
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0195038258

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 85.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Jackall, Robert
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195038258 ISBN 13: 9780195038255
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0195038258 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0037823

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 99.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds