|Title||Technocratic Management Versus Ethical Leadership Redefining Responsible Professionalism in the Agri-Food Sector in the Anthropocene|
|Source||Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 31 (2018)5. - ISSN 1187-7863 - p. 583 - 591.|
Business Management & Organization
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Anthropocene - Biobased economy - Food chain - Precision livestock farming - Responsible professionalism|
In this contribution, we argue that three related developments provide economic, environmental and social challenges and opportunities for a new responsible professionalism in the food chain: (1) the Anthropocene; (2) the bio-based economy; (3) Precision Livestock Farming. These three interrelated developments indicate a transition in the way we understand the role and function of the food chain on the micro-, the meso- and the macro-level. This transition can be understood in two fundamental different ways, namely either as an extension of technocratic management beyond the micro level to the meso- and macro-level of the food chain, or as a transition to a new responsible professionalism. We argue that the technocratic approach is not able to address the socio-ethical issues that come along with these three development, and argue for a new responsible professionalism in the agri-food chain in the Anthropocene based on normative and action competence.