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Record number 543205
Title Technocratic Management Versus Ethical Leadership Redefining Responsible Professionalism in the Agri-Food Sector in the Anthropocene
Author(s) Blok, Vincent
Source Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 31 (2018)5. - ISSN 1187-7863 - p. 583 - 591.
Department(s) WASS
Business Management & Organization
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
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.

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