Journal of Business Ethics

, 90:115

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Modernism, Christianity, and Business Ethics: A Worldview Perspective

  • David KimAffiliated withUniversity of Central Arkansas Email author 
  • , Dan FisherAffiliated withUniversity of Central Arkansas
  • , David McCalmanAffiliated withUniversity of Central Arkansas

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Despite growing interest in examining the role of religion in business ethics, there is little consensus concerning the basis or standards of “good” or ethical behavior and the reasons behind them. This limits our ability to enhance ethical behavior in the workplace. We address this issue by examining worldviews as it relates to ethics research and practice. Our worldview forms the context within which we organize and build our understanding of reality. Given that much of our academic work as well as business practice operate from a modern worldview, we examine how modernism shapes our beliefs and approaches to ethics in business and academia. We identify important limitations of modernism in addressing moral issues and religion. We then introduce the Christian worldview as an alternative approach to examining ethical issues in business

Key words

Christianity business ethics modernism religion worldview