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Knowledge is power / power corrupts: should we empower people at work?

Knowledge is power / power corrupts: should we empower people at work?

Tsahuridu, Eve E. (2006) Knowledge is power / power corrupts: should we empower people at work? In: World Ethics Forum, The Joint Conference of The International Institute for Public Ethics (IIPE), The Global Integrity Alliance, and the World Bank, 9-11 Apr 2006, Keble College, University of Oxford, UK.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between power, knowledge and corruption and develops implications for management of organisations. Its position is that power like knowledge cannot be removed from the moral realm, from moral agency and responsibility. Power is also distinguished into positive ‘power to’ and negative ‘power over’. It is argued that positive power is necessary for moral autonomy, the ability of people to be self determining, while negative power disrespects people and is the power that leads to corruption. It is contended that empowerment at work; the ability of people to have positive power is not a new and optional variety of managerial control but a moral obligation.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: Presented at World Ethics Forum, The Joint Conference of The International Institute for Public Ethics (IIPE), The Global Integrity Alliance, and the World Bank. "Leadership, Ethics and Integrity in Public Life." 9-11 April 2006, Keble College, University of Oxford, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics, organisational culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3559

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