This communication discusses how far teaching mangement systems can turn into an ethical trap for teachers. The argument is based on (i) the demonstration that management systems ineluctably contribute to reifying social life, (ii) empirical material evidencing the detrimental (then unethical) consequences of reification, and (iii) an analysis of management control textbooks exhibiting that conventional teaching of management systems fosters a reified view on both these systems and the social world. Some suggestions to avoid this ethical trap are put forward as a conclusion.
ANCELIN-BOURGUIGNON, A. (2006). Teaching Management Systems: An Ethical Trap? In: EIASM Workshop on Moral Foundations of Management Knowledge: Opening the Black Box: Moral Foundations of Management Knowledge, EIASM Workshop, Paris-Cergy-Pontoise. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).