Hegel and the Modern Corporation: my interest in moral philosophy led me to a deeper investigation of the German philosopher Hegel and his writings on Sittlichkeit and in particular his concept of the corporation. Applying Hegel’s Sittlichkeit [e.g. moral life] and his thoughts on the corporation to the modern business corporation resulted in a book called Hegel’s Moral Corporation (2015).
Human Resource Management: since being assigned teaching Human Resource Management (i.e. contemporary people management) to MBA students, my interest returned to HRM merging it with management ethics. The outcome of this project was a book called Seven Moralities of Human Resource Management (2014). This books combines the framework of my 2010 book with Human Resource Management .
Managerialism: Investigations into management soon uncovered the idea of Managerialism, i.e. when management turns itself into an ideology and moves well beyond the confinements of its tradition roles, i.e. managing companies, firms, and corporations. The out come of researching Managerialism was twofold: firstly, it produced a scholarly book called Managerialism – A Critique of An Ideology (2013) that was reviewed numerous times. It was also favourably reviewed in one of the leading management journals called “academy of management review (AMR vol. 39, no. 4, p. 566-585). The second outcome was an academic journal article (Klikauer, T. 2015. What is Managerialism?, Critical Sociology, vol. 41, no. 7-8, p. 1103-1119) that highlighted the core findings of the book.
Management Ethics: Research on communicative ethics led two further investigations into management and the ethics of management. The outcome of these investigations where, again, two books: the first book (Critical Management Ethics, 2010) examines management from the standpoint of classical moral philosophy. The second book (Seven Management Moralities, 2012) focuses on a more structured approach to management ethics using Kohlberg’s seven stages of moral development.
Communication, Management, Work and Ethics: I have published two books on communication at work: Communication and Management at Work (2007) and Management Communication – Communicative Ethics and Action (2008). Both books discuss the relationship between social actors at work, the use of communication at workplaces, and communicative ethics. Theoretically, both bring together concepts such as communicative action, relations at work highlighting communicative problems at work as well as communicative ethics. The first book concludes by outlining conditions for the creation of a formation of ideal speech at work while the second book focuses on the ethics of communication.
Shipping Management in Germany and Australia: Between 1998 and 2004, I was the principle research co-ordinator for an Australian Research Council financed project on “Employment Relations Strategies in the German and Australian Shipping Industry” involving field research in Australia, Germany, England and Denmark.
Automotive Industry in Australia: Between 1996 and 1998 I have been heading a “Faculty of Commerce” funded (SEED) research project on “Teamwork at GM-Holden/Australia”. This included “International & Comparative HRM” and “ER Strategy and Change”.
Automotive Industry in Europe and Japan: Subsequent to the publication of MIT’s book entitled The Machine that Changed the World (1990), the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP/USA) extended their coverage to include Employment Relations (ER). An international research team headed by Professor Thomas Kochan was formed in 1992. I have been an active member of this team for three years (1993 to 1995). My contributions include research papers and field research in Europe and Japan.
Regulation in European Union: As an outcome of the decision to create a common market in Europe, studies on social and economic issues had been commissioned. A comparative study on several member states of the European Union included social, political and legal regulations to enhance provisions by the EU to further harmonise political and economic structures of member states. Research at the University of Bremen focused on the five main countries: Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Spain.