Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 89, Supplement 4, pp 351–373 | Cite as

Business and Peace: Sketching the Terrain

  • Jennifer OetzelEmail author
  • Michelle Westermann-Behaylo
  • Charles Koerber
  • Timothy L. Fort
  • Jorge Rivera


Our goals in this article are to summarize the existing literature on the role business can play in creating sustainable peace and to discuss important avenues for extending this research. As part of our discussion, we review the ethical arguments and related research made to date, including the rationale and motivation for businesses to engage in conflict resolution and peace building, and discuss how scholars are extending research in this area. We also focus on specific ways companies can actively engage in conflict reduction including promoting economic devel- opment, the rule of law, and principles of external valuation, contributing to a sense of community, and engaging in track-two diplomacy and conflict sensitive practices. We conclude by developing a set of future research questions and considerations.

Key words

peace-building track-two diplomacy economic development conflict-sensitive business practices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Oetzel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michelle Westermann-Behaylo
    • 1
  • Charles Koerber
    • 1
  • Timothy L. Fort
    • 2
  • Jorge Rivera
    • 2
  1. 1.Kogod School of BusinessAmerican UniversityWashingtonU.S.A.
  2. 2.School of BusinessGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonU.S.A.

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