Responsible Management-as-Practice: Mobilizing a Posthumanist Approach

Silvia Gherardi, Oliver Laasch

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The emerging field of responsible management (RM) studies the integration of sustainability, responsibility, and ethics in managerial practices. Therefore, turning to practice theories for the study of RM appears to hold great promise of conceptual and methodological contribution. We propose a posthumanist practice approach for studying RM-as-practice. Managerial practices are conceived as the agencement of heterogeneous elements (humans, nonhumans, more-than-humans, materials, and discourses) that achieve agency in their being interconnected. Thus, RM is understood as processual, relational, emergent, and sociomaterial. We contribute a framework for the empirical study of RM-as-practice on the basis of three sensitizing concepts: situatedness, sociomateriality, and textures. We further discuss the implications of understanding responsibility as response-ability, an engaged practice for relating to the other and the RM researcher’s role as internal to the practice agencement under study, thus, opening the debate on our own response-ability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Early online date22 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2021


  • Agencement
  • Posthumanism
  • Responsible management
  • Responsible management-as-practice
  • Situatedness
  • Sociomateriality
  • Texture of practices


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