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Prof. Minka Woermann
Minka Woermann (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Director of the Centre for Applied Ethics, Head of the Unit for Business Ethics and Public Integrity, and Vice-Chair of the Social and Business Ethics Committee of Council.
Her research interests include business ethics, post-structural (French) philosophy, critical complexity theory, moral theory, and art philosophy. She is currently pursuing a second PhD in Visual Arts, which focuses on the phenomenology of creative flow experiences.
- Woermann, M. 2016. Bridging Complexity and Post-Structuralism: Insights and Implications. Switzerland: Springer International, 205 pp.
- Woermann, M. 2013. On the (Im)Possibility of Business Ethics: Critical Complexity, Deconstruction, and Implications for Understanding the Ethics of Business. Dordrecht: Springer, 175 pp.
Selected Journal articles
- Woermann, M. 2020. Postcolonial thinking and modes of being with others. Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, 22(3): 833-848.
- Mancilla-Garcia, M., Herz, T., Schlüter, M., Preiser, R., Woermann, M. 2020. Adopting process-relational perspectives to tackle the challenges of social-ecological systems research. Ecology and Society, (25)1: art. 29.
- Woermann, M. and Engelbrecht, S. 2019. The Ubuntu challenge to business: From stakeholders to relationholders. Journal of Business Ethics, 157(1): 27-44.
- Woermann, M. and Cilliers, P. 2012. The ethics of complexity and the complexity of ethics. South African Journal of Philosophy, 31(2): 447 – 463.
Selected book chapters (peer-reviewed)
- Woermann, M. 2024. Monumental transformations and the re-membering of meaning. In J.S. Sanni and M.Z. Phiri (eds.). Monuments and Memory in Africa: Reflections on Coloniality and Decoloniality. Taylor and Francis (Routledge).
- Woermann, M. 2022. Towards an African business ethics: Past contributions and future challenges and possibilities. In L.C. Rodrigues and J. Chimakonam (eds.). Key Concepts in African Ethics. London: Bloomsbury.
- Preiser, R. and Woermann, M. 2019. Complexity, philosophy and ethics. In Global Challenges, Governance, and Complexity: Applications and Frontiers, V. Galaz (ed.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 38 – 62.
- Woermann, M. 2019. Complexity and the normativity of law. In J. Murray, T. Webb, and S. Wheately (eds.). Complexity Theory & Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence. London / New York: Routledge, 234 – 250.
- Woermann, M. 2018. Business ethics in Africa. In E. Heath, B. Kaldis, and A. Marcoux (eds.). The Routledge Companion to Business Ethics. London / New York: Routledge, 624 – 640.
- Woermann, M. 2010. Corporate identity, responsibility and the ethics of complexity. In P. Cilliers and R. Preiser (eds.). Complexity, Difference and Identity. Dordrecht: Springer, 167 – 191.
Chapter contributions to the following textbooks:
- Brevis and M. Vrba (eds.). Contemporary Management Issues, Cape Town: Juta.
- J. Smit, M. Vrba and T. Botha (eds.). Management Principles 7th ed. Juta.
- Rossouw and L. van Vuuren. Business Ethics 5th ed.; 6th ed. Oxford University Press.
- Rossouw, D. (ed.) Ethics for Accountants and Auditors 3rd ed.; 4th ed. Cape Town: Oxford University Press
For a full list of Prof Woermann’s publications, please see https://sun.academia.edu/MinkaWoermann
- Philosophy 314: Structuralism and Post-structuralism
- Honours module: Complexity, post-structuralism, and ethics
- Programme coordinator: Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Ethics
- Principal lecturer: MPhil in Applied Ethics with specialisation in business ethics