Responsible managers, in current management scholarship, integrate issues of sustainability, responsibility, and ethics into their jobs. Yet, from an Islamic perspective, that would not be sufficient. The concept of responsibility in Islam can be traced to the essential role that human beings have as vicegerents of God, with an utmost responsibility towards God. Thereafter, responsibilities arise towards one’s family, neighbors, business associates, and other creatures. Such a perspective yields five key dimensions of responsibility. First, responsible managers have a duty to abide by Islamic injunctions that prohibit the infliction of harm. Second, they consult with others before making key decisions. Third, they do not make exceptions based on favoritism or personal preferences. Fourth, they hold themselves accountable, not only to God, but also to other stakeholders. Finally, responsible managers do not evade being held liable to their actions. The chapter also addresses, in relation to responsible management, the discord between knowledge and practice in Muslim societies. Implications for managerial behavior and future research are discussed.
Yusuf M. Sidani
The Lebanese working environment still feeds the stereotype that veiled Muslim women (VMW) are not fit for most work arrangements, which leads to significant obstacles hampering their career advancement. The author uses the ‘sealed borders’ metaphor to explain the status of those women. The ‘glass door’ metaphor has been used in Western scholarship to describe mostly implicit and hidden arrangements that bar women from entering into a certain domain or company. Yet in the case of the VMW in Lebanon, those arrangements are often visible and unambiguous. The author argues that Lebanese organizations need to pay further attention to this demographic segment, as hiring VMW as part of a diverse workforce is the right thing to do from both ethical and pragmatic perspectives. Beyond what organizations need to do, there are several things that need to be done by VMW themselves in order to penetrate the sealed borders put in their paths.