Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 92, Issue 4, pp 479-491

First online:

Integrating Ethics and Strategy: A Pragmatic Approach

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An organizing framework is set out for the diverse literature on business ethics in relation to strategic management. It consists of sets of bi-polar components, spanning themes and topical themes, with a derived typology of contributions. Then, in the spirit of classical pragmatism, the organizing framework is re-cast as an integrative conceptual model of the strategy–ethics relationship. The approach recognizes that both pragmatism and dialectics can underpin progress towards integration, encompassing both normative and empirical aspects.

Key words

ethics strategy organizing-framework integrating pragmatism dialectics