Positioning the plural ethos of cosmopolitanism in global organizations

Authored by: Maddy Janssens , Chris Steyaert

The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415821261
eBook ISBN: 9780203566848
Adobe ISBN: 9781136746246


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“How many more must die for Qatar’s World Cup?” asked The Guardian in its article on the abuse and death of several migrant workers involved in the construction of future football stadiums (Cohen, 2013). While mortal casualties have been common during industrial and even post-industrial activity, the globalization of organizational life brings along new imbalances and inequalities, which Rosi Braidotti (2013: 9) called “perverse planetary effects”. New ethical considerations are required whether we consider labour relations of complex global undertakings like the World Cup or the Olympic Games (Müller and Steyaert, 2013), zoom in on the global coordination of aid-relief after environmental catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines (Lalonde, 2007) or reflect on the physical and mental health conditions due to the neo-Tayloristic working conditions at Amazon as revealed in undercover journalism (Cadwalladr, 2013; Dixon, 2013; O’Connor, 2013) and the child labour and precarious working conditions in the Bangladeshi textile sector (Rahman, 2014).

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