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Heroes and Anti-heroes: European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership

    Rita Ghesquiere & Knut Ims (eds.) Heroes and Anti-heroes. European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership.. Garant, Antwerp & Apeldoom, 2010. (This book may be available at: European SPES Forum)
    Heroes and Anti-heroes- European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership

    Heroes and Anti-heroes- European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership

    The authors share the idea that narratives offer their readers an alternative fictional world. In doing this they hold up a mirror that confronts the reader with otherness that questions his self-evident norms and values but also his daily practices. Both heroes and antiheroes contribute to this process of reflection. The confrontation with literary texts stimulates the intellectual, the emotional and the social consciousness. The firm belief that divergent (cultural) systems i.e. business ethics and literature can enrich each other is at the core of this project.


    • Preface by Rita Ghesquière & Knut Ims
    • Faust and the Magic of Entrepreneurship by Luk Bouckaert and Rita Ghesquière
    • The Horizon’s Embrace: A Faustian perspective on Limits by Ingrid Molderez and Eric Lefebvre
    • Don Carlos versus Marquis of Posa: Beyond the mere Instrument of Rationality by Daniel Deak
    • Economic Leadership in the 18th Century Britain: Swift’s Orientalism versus Defoe’s Pragmatism by Gerrit De Vylder
    • “It is an island!”: Prospects for Life in pristine Beginnings. by Per Ariansen
    • Cyrano de Bergerac: An ‘organizational’ Reading. by Yvon Pesqueux
    • Ibsen, Leadership and Morality. On Henrik Ibsen’s The Pretenders. by Tom Eide
    • Self-realization in Business: Ibsen’s Peer Gynt by Laszlo Zsolnai and Knut J. Ims
    • Mann’s ‘Buddenbrooks’, Adorno’s and Horkheimer’s Odysseus and the Tragedy of Business Leadership by Carlos Hoevel
    • New Light from Planets afar: Leadership Journey with The little Prince. by Sanjoy Mukheree
    • The little Prince: Integrating Friendship and existential Wisdom in Leadership Theory. by Johan Bouwer
    • The Stranger: Moral Blindness Incarnate? by Lars Jacob Tynes Pedersen
    • Knowledge, Literature and Organisation Management Science by Sunniva Whitacker
    • Orpheus: The determining Role of Technology in Leadership by Hendrik Opdebeeck