American University of Beirut

Pick of the Month series: January Edition

​As a continuation to the “Pick of the Month" news series highlighting special items from the library collections and launched in April​, the UL is happy to announce this month's pick: a book published by Emerald Publishing and written by Dr. Yusuf Sidani (2022), entitled​ ​​​​"Responsible Management in Theory and Practice in Muslim Societies".​

The ​book contains six chapters about ethics and religious aspects of business in Islamic countries.

Summary of the book:

​Responsible Management in Theory and Practice in Muslim Societies delineates principles of responsible management from an Islamic perspective, exploring the concept of responsibility in Islamic religious texts, and how the understanding of responsibility evolved in Islamic jurisprudence. Yusuf M. Sidani ​explains aspects of individual and group responsibility in Islam and the dissonance between theoretical discourse and practical application. He​ focuses on the factors that have both facilitated and hampered the application of responsible management principles in practice in this unique context. Themes explored across the book include Islamic texts and responsible leadership, responsibility in Islamic jurisprudence, individual and group responsibilities, and bridging the gap divide between theory and practice in Muslim societies. Sidani also poses proactive questions, including 'Who is a responsible manager?' and 'what does it take to reaffirm both individual and collective responsibilities', and 'whether things can be put back on track again in Muslim societies, and how?'

Author's biography:

Yusuf Sidani serves as OSB dean and is Professor of Leadership and Business Ethics at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut (AUB). Dr. Sidani's research focuses on business and employee ethics, gender and diversity in organizations, and international human resource management with special interest in the Middle East region. His research appeared in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals such as Human Resource Management Review, Leadership Quarterly, Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of World Business, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. Dr. Sidani was awarded the prestigious 2015 Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers. He is the author of numerous books, including A Spring Aborted: How Authoritarianism Violates Women's Rights in the Arab World (2019), Business Ethics in the Middle East (2018) and Muslim Women at Work: Religious Discourses in Arab Society (2017).

​The book is available to AUB community as an e-book accessible through this link. ​

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