Technocratic Management Versus Ethical Leadership Redefining Responsible Professionalism in the Agri-Food Sector in the Anthropocene

Vincent Blok*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-591
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
Volume31
Issue number5
Early online date11 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • Biobased economy
  • Food chain
  • Precision livestock farming
  • Responsible professionalism

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Technocratic Management Versus Ethical Leadership Redefining Responsible Professionalism in the Agri-Food Sector in the Anthropocene'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this