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An Ethical Approach to Leading Change
An Alternative and Sustainable Application
 
 
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10 Dec 2009
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Ethics is back in leadership studies, philosophy, literature, politics and organisation theory. This book breaks new ground as part of an emerging 'ethical' turn in the field of leadership development. It is the first study to apply the virtue ethics of MacIntyre to the subject of leading organisational change and to apply an ethical analysis to an in-depth case study in the politically charged sector of healthcare provision. The complexity of factors involved in the healthcare sector means it provides a case study that has within it most of the issues experienced by any organisation.

In his seminal thesis on virtue ethics MacIntyre provided us with a diagnosis on the modern condition and made us aware of what we have lost as a society. For MacIntyre that loss means that modern working practices are highly susceptible to being corrupted especially when an institution places money, status or power above the goods of excellence. This book includes empirical material that supports what he and now others are saying in theory and as such has the potential to catch a very powerful wave of questioning not just the changes to the public sector but the lifestyle and financial crisis that we have all bought into being.
The considerable practical potential of these insights is explored in the case study that runs through the book. The final chapter contains a detailed application of the findings to a leadership education programme along with a very positive evaluation.

Leadership developers, academics, postgraduate students, practitioners and policy makers will find the book of interest because it meets their needs for rigour, practical usefulness and policy guidance. The book will be particularly relevant to people studying, researching or leading organisational change and improvement projects inside or outside the health and social care sector. Those with an interest in narrative methodology will find a helpful literature review and a novel step-by-step narrative research approach.


Description

Ethics is back in leadership studies, philosophy, literature, politics and organisation theory. This book breaks new ground as part of an emerging 'ethical' turn in the field of leadership development. It is the first study to apply the virtue ethics of MacIntyre to the subject of leading organisational change and to apply an ethical analysis to an in-depth case study in the politically charged sector of healthcare provision. The complexity of factors involved in the healthcare sector means it provides a case study that has within it most of the issues experienced by any organisation.

In his seminal thesis on virtue ethics MacIntyre provided us with a diagnosis on the modern condition and made us aware of what we have lost as a society. For MacIntyre that loss means that modern working practices are highly susceptible to being corrupted especially when an institution places money, status or power above the goods of excellence. This book includes empirical material that supports what he and now others are saying in theory and as such has the potential to catch a very powerful wave of questioning not just the changes to the public sector but the lifestyle and financial crisis that we have all bought into being.
The considerable practical potential of these insights is explored in the case study that runs through the book. The final chapter contains a detailed application of the findings to a leadership education programme along with a very positive evaluation.

Leadership developers, academics, postgraduate students, practitioners and policy makers will find the book of interest because it meets their needs for rigour, practical usefulness and policy guidance. The book will be particularly relevant to people studying, researching or leading organisational change and improvement projects inside or outside the health and social care sector. Those with an interest in narrative methodology will find a helpful literature review and a novel step-by-step narrative research approach.


Contents

Introduction
The Healthcare Sector and the Modernizing Agenda
Organizational Change and Healthcare
Turning to Narrative
Research Methodology
Stories: Epic, Tragic, Comic and Romantic
Serial: Community Mental Health Team Formation
Themes
Feedback and Focus Groups
Discussion and Conclusions





Authors

DR MERVYN CONROY is a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, UK. His work at the centre spans teaching, consultancy, research and PhD supervision. In his teaching role he has co-directorship responsibilities for a number of specialist masters programme for health and social care managers. He has over fifteen years experience of management education, organisational research and consulting. He first worked in the health and social care sector as a counsellor and later in mental health services as a manager and researcher. His research formed the basis of a briefing paper on 'Alternative Approaches to Healthcare Reform' to the UK Department of Health. He was also asked to sit on one of the 'High Quality Care for All' review groups at Whitehall. His research and publications focus on theoretical and practical understanding of what health and social care managers at all levels need to lead the implementation of ethical and sustainable practice improvement and he speaks regularly at international conferences on this topic. Consulting and one to one coaching in the private, public and third sectors along with programme management on a number of high profile public sector change leadership and management learning projects feature in his recent activities.