Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 271–284 | Cite as

The Question of Organizational Consciousness: Can Organizations Have Values, Virtues and Visions?

  • Peter Pruzan


It is common for organizational theorists as well as business practitioners to speak of an organization's visions, strategies, goals and responsibilities. This implies that collectivities have competencies normally attributed to individuals, i.e. to reflect, evaluate, learn and make considered choices. The article provides a series of reflections on the concept of consciousness in an organizational context. It is argued that, under certain conditions, it is both meaningful and efficacious to ascribe the competency for conscious and intentional behavior to organizations. The arguments provided are based on empirical observations, common sense and deductive reasoning.


Reflection Economic Growth Common Sense Organizational Context Empirical Observation 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Pruzan
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  1. 1.Department of Management, Politics and PhilosophyCopenhagen Business SchoolCopenhagen NDenmark

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