Re-imagining the Morality of Management: A Modern Virtue Ethics Approach

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Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 38)

Abstract

In this chapter I explore the problematic nature of the morality of management, in particular of business organisations operating under Anglo-American capitalism. MacIntyre’s critique of managers in After Virtue (2007) serves as the starting point but I analyse this critique itself, leading to a more balanced and contemporary view of the morality of management than MacIntyre provided. Paradoxically perhaps, I show that MacIntyre’s own virtues-goods-practice-institution schema provides a way of re-imagining business organisations and management and thereby holds out the possibility of resolving the issue of the morality of management within such organisations. Finally, I draw out implications for management practice.

Keywords

Business Organisation Moral Identity Internal Good External Good Bureaucratic Organisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durham Business SchoolDurham UniversityDurham CityUK

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