Edited by Jonathan P. Doh and Stephen A. Stumpf
Chapter 1: Towards a Framework of Responsible Leadership and Governance
Jonathan P. Doh and Stephen A. Stumpf Introduction The American Heritage Dictionary (2000) defines responsibility as follows: 1. Liable to be required to give account, as of one’s actions or of the discharge of a duty or trust. 2. Involving personal accountability or ability to act without guidance or superior authority: a responsible position within the ﬁrm. 3. Able to make moral or rational decisions on one’s own and therefore answerable for one’s behavior. 4. Able to be trusted or depended upon; reliable. Governance has been variously deﬁned as follows: 1. The act, process, or power of governing; government: ‘Regaining a sense of the state is thus an absolute priority, not only for an effective policy against ... terrorism, but also for governance itself’ (Moorhead Kennedy, as cited in the American Heritage Dictionary of English). 2. The state of being governed (The American Heritage Dictionary, 2000). 3. Exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement (Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1996, 1998). Management research in leadership, ethics and in corporate social responsibility (CSR) has evolved somewhat independently. Despite the proliferation of literature on effective leadership, surprisingly little research attention has been devoted to the interaction among leadership traits, ethical behavior and corporate social responsibility, at least within the mainstream leadership literature. Although business ethicists and those studying or advocating corporate social responsibility have advanced perspectives that integrate tenets from leadership research and ethics/social responsibility, these efforts have not, to date, produced an alternative to the standard leadership classiﬁcations summarized by Conger and...
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