Systems Thinking and Moral Imagination

Rethinking Business Ethics with Patricia Werhane

  • David J. Bevan
  • Regina W. Wolfe
  • Patricia H. Werhane

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 48)

Also part of the Eminent Voices in Business Ethics book sub series (EVBE, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Patricia H. Werhane
      Pages 5-19
    3. Patricia H. Werhane
      Pages 27-47
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-62
    2. Patricia H. Werhane, Laura Pincus Hartman, Crina Archer, Elaine E. Englehardt, Michael S. Pritchard
      Pages 105-127
    3. Patricia H. Werhane, Laura P. Hartman, Dennis Moberg, Elaine Englehardt, Michael Pritchard, Bidhan Parmar
      Pages 145-166
    4. Patricia H. Werhane, Thomas E. Wren
      Pages 167-181
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-186
    2. Patricia H. Werhane
      Pages 229-244
    3. Patricia H. Werhane, Jerry M. Calton, Laura P. Hartman, David Bevan
      Pages 245-265
  5. Part III

  6. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-333
    2. Patricia H. Werhane
      Pages 335-343
    3. Patricia H. Werhane, Laura P. Hartman, Crina Archer, Elaine Englehardt, Michael S. Pritchard
      Pages 359-377
    4. Patricia H. Werhane, Laura Hartman, Crina Archer, David Bevan, Kim Clark
      Pages 387-408
    5. Patricia H. Werhane, Tara J. Radin
      Pages 409-425
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 447-449

About this book


This volume brings together a selection of papers written by Patricia Werhane during the most recent quarter century. The book critically explicates the direction and development of Werhane’s thinking based on her erudite and eclectic sampling of orthodox philosophical theories. It starts out with an introductory chapter setting Werhane’s work in the context of the development of Business Ethics theory and practice, along with an illustrative time line. Next, it discusses possible interpretations of the papers that have been divided across a range of themes, and examines Werhane’s contribution to these thematic areas. 

Patricia H. Werhane is a renowned author and innovator at the intersection of philosophy and Applied Business Ethics. She is professor emerita and a senior fellow at the Olsson Centre for Applied Ethics at Darden and was formerly the Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics. She is also professor emerita at DePaul University, where she was Wicklander Chair in Business Ethics and director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics.  

A prolific author whose works include Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making and Organization Ethics for Health Care, Werhane is an acclaimed authority on employee rights in the workplace, one of the leading scholars on Adam Smith and founder and former editor-in-chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, the leading journal of Business Ethics. She was a founding member and past president of the Society for Business Ethics and, in 2001, was elected to the executive committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Before joining the Darden faculty in 1993, Werhane served on the faculty of Loyola University Chicago and was a Rockefeller Fellow at Dartmouth College and Senior Fellow at Cambridge University.


Constitutive Nature of Rules Business Ethics Social and Economic Value Global Development Pyramid Organization Ethics Ethics for Health Care Women Leaders in a Globalized World Ethical Decision Making Human Rights as Social Constructions Business Ethics and corporate leadership Multinational corporations to be socially responsible Methodologies of Business Ethics Respect Human Rights

Editors and affiliations

  • David J. Bevan
    • 1
  • Regina W. Wolfe
    • 2
  • Patricia H. Werhane
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  2. 2.Catholic Theological UnionChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Darden School University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USADePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-89796-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-89797-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-6733
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1680
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