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Leverhulme grant secured by Manchester Met for research into blame in work organisations

 Leverhulme grant secured  by Manchester Met for research into blame in work organisations

Leverhulme grant secured by Manchester Met for research into blame in work organisations

We are delighted to announce that Professor Ben Lupton has secured £55k of funding for the university from the Leverhulme Trust for a project entitled: ‘Understanding blame in work organisation, a philosophical interpretation’.


The Leverhulme grant will finance the research for one year, and include the salary of a research assistant hired specifically to work on the project.


There is an idea in management that apportioning blame is counterproductive to business. This is rooted in the idea that if there is the possibility of blame, employees will be less inclined to take risks, or be open about mistakes or missteps in their work for fear of reprisal, when it is actually taking risks, and open discussion about what does and does not work, that foster innovation within a business.


This is contrary to the thoughts of some philosophers, who view blame as a central part of human life, which we should not try to avoid.


Professor Lupton will be interviewing staff in organisations of varying sizes on an individual basis, and studying the work of philosophers such as Thomas Scanlon and Peter Strawson, to analyse and marry up these two views.


Outputs of the project will include papers and conferences, and also a stakeholder event to disseminate the findings to interested parties, from the philosophical and business management perspectives.

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