Management Rhetoric: Neutralization of Ethical Problems
This paper discusses possible ethical implications of the use of management language and rhetoric in different contexts. It is argued that the language of management, as it appears in management theories and literature, facilitates some types of behavior and may limit or minimize the prevalence of other types of behavior. This can be realized through (1) the linguistic construction of a reality where some types of behavior are excluded from the solution space of current problems, or (2) by the role of language in the promotion of a disengaged relationship to moral problems in work situations. In the paper, various examples are discussed to illustrate how moral dimensions in work life situations can be ignored or concealed through a one-sided economic conceptualization and understanding of organizations, interaction and human beings.