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Can we organize courage? Implications from Foucault’s parrhesia

Can we organize courage? Implications from Foucault’s parrhesia

Vandekerckhove, Wim ORCID: 0000-0002-0106-7915 and Langenberg, Suzan (2012) Can we organize courage? Implications from Foucault’s parrhesia. Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organizational Studies, 17 (2). pp. 35-44. ISSN 1239-2685

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Ethics in organizations, raising concerns, and whistleblowing have been previously theorized through Foucault’s work on the power/knowledge bond. However, approaching these issues through the work from Foucault’s third period on parrhesia, or fearless speech remains an underdeveloped route.
This paper contributes to this emerging research stream. Based on Foucault’s work on parrhesia, and the importance of courage for fearless speech to occur, we theorize the possibility of critique within organizations as a moment of disorganizing, which requires a chain of parrhesia where not only the speaker but also the hearer requires courage.
The paper examines the possibility and risks of organizing courage through three illustrations of ethical guidelines, whistleblowing, and open dialogue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: parrhesia, whistleblowing, business ethics, courage
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
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