Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 113, Issue 4, pp 611-625

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Participating in the Common Good of the Firm

  • Alejo José G. SisonAffiliated withSchool of Philosophy, University of Navarra
  • , Joan FontrodonaAffiliated withBusiness Ethics Department, IESE Business School, University of Navarra Email author 

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In a previous essay (Sison and Fontrodona 2012), we defined the common good of the firm as collaborative work, insofar as it provides, first, an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, virtues, and meaning (work as praxis), and second, inasmuch as it produces goods and services to satisfy society’s needs and wants (work as poiesis). We would now like to focus on the participatory aspect of this common good. To do so, we will have to identify the different members of the firm as a community, drawing from corporate citizenship literature and stakeholder theory. Afterward, we will explore both the manner and the intensity of these different members’ participation and its impact on the firm’s common good.


Common good Theory of the firm Aristotle Work Catholic social teaching Stakeholders Virtue ethics