The misconduct of various companies directs both practitioners and academics towards the necessity for a requisitely holistic approach to governance and management. As such, there is a current focus for researchers and practitioners on contemporary solutions for governance and management in this sense. Such efforts have led to the development of integral management and governance, meaning that the process of management and governance in a certain company has to be integrated and consistent with culture, credibility, entrepreneurial spirit, ecology, ethics, innovation, and social responsibility. Consequently, in the process of a company's management and governance, the key stakeholders have to achieve the (corporate) integrity of their company's functioning. The integrity of such a company's functioning is currently treated as the precondition for a company's success in the long run. This volume explores such issues in the broader context of the MER Model of Integral Management and Governance, which is based on the multi-layered integration of governance and management with an enterprise and its environment, considering the fundamental aspirations for the enterprise's existence and, thus, its quantitative, as well as qualitative, changes.
Jernej Belak, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department for Strategic Management and Enterprise Policy, and Head of the Institute for Management Development, at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Maribor, Slovenia. In his Master's and doctoral dissertations, he dealt with the problems of business ethics and its implementation. Embracing the topic of business ethics, organizational culture, credibility and philosophy within the field of corporate governance and strategic management, he has published several scientific articles and monographs.Mojca Duh, PhD, is Full Professor of Strategic Management and Corporate Governance at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, where she teaches courses in strategic management, corporate governance and family business management. Her main research interests include strategic management, corporate governance, firms' dynamics, knowledge management and creation, and the development and management of family businesses.