Moral imagination and the business of education
One of Patricia Werhane's most significant contributions to the field of business ethics is her work related to Moral Imagination. Grounded in the work of others, particularly that of Mark Johnson, Werhane makes this concept directly applicable to understanding the challenges in taking an ethical approach to business and individual decision making. Werhane also suggests applying these concepts to a larger framework for how we can shift our thinking at a macro scale in ethical approaches to business. While there have been many other theorists and practitioners who have extended the work of Pat Werhane in the research of business ethics, there are myriad other fields ripe for these considerations. Here, I explore the application of moral imagination to the "Business of Education": examining the theory as a natural fit for education based largely on the challenges and similarities to business ethics decision making as applied to K-12 education in the United States. Specifically, I consider moral imagination in application to the business of education in three cascading and interdependent levels: at the individual leadership development level, the larger management of education level, and at the broader policy development levels. Conclusions and future research and practice suggestions support that the lessons from case study explorations and frameworks provided throughout the work of Pat Werhane on moral imagination hold direct application for educators, promising a path towards wise, rational, non-"pendulum shift" focused reform.
Manno, C. J. (2018)., Moral imagination and the business of education, in R. E. Freeman, S. Dmytriyev & A. C. Wicks (eds.), The moral imagination of Patricia Werhane, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 165-174.
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