What would John Stuart Mill say? A utilitarian perspective on contemporary neuroscience debates in leadership

Lindebaum, D and Raftopoulou, E 2014, 'What would John Stuart Mill say? A utilitarian perspective on contemporary neuroscience debates in leadership' , Journal of Business Ethics, 144 (4) , pp. 813-822.

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The domain of organizational neuroscience increasingly influences leadership research and practice in terms of both selection and interventions. The dominant view is that the use of neuroscientific theories and methods offers better and refined predictions of what constitutes good leadership. What has been omitted so far, however, is a deeper engagement with ethical theories. This engagement is imperative as it helps problematize a great deal of the current advocacy around organizational neuroscience. In this article, we draw upon John Stuart Mill’s Theory of Utility as a theoretical framework to this end. Our discussion reveals several negative psychological and physical side-effects, which undermine the prevailing view that neuroscientific methods can be used without risk at work. We discuss the theoretical and practical ramifications of our analysis.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Business Ethics
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0167-4544
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: CE Raftopoulou
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 16:30
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 14:10
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34598

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