Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 98, Issue 1, pp 153–169 | Cite as

Relational Well-Being and Wealth: Māori Businesses and an Ethic of Care

  • Chellie Spiller
  • Ljiljana Erakovic
  • Manuka Henare
  • Edwina Pio
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Abstract

Care is at the heart of the Māori values system, which calls for humans to be kaitiaki, caretakers of the mauri, the life-force, in each other and in nature. The relational Five Well-beings approach, based on four case studies of Māori businesses, demonstrates how business can create spiritual, cultural, social, environmental and economic well-being. A Well-beings approach entails praxis, which brings values and practice together with the purpose of consciously creating well-being and, in so doing, creates multi-dimensional wealth. Underlying the Well-beings approach is an ethic of care and an intrinsic stakeholder view of business.

Keywords

value based management ethic of care Indigenous business Maori business sustainability relational wellbeing and wealth stakeholder theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chellie Spiller
    • 1
  • Ljiljana Erakovic
    • 1
  • Manuka Henare
    • 1
  • Edwina Pio
    • 1
  1. 1.AUT UniversityAucklandNew Zealand

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