Virtue ethics in business: Scale and scope

Javier Pinto-Garay*

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The following chapter is aimed to explain what virtue ethics (VE) in business is, its philosophical background, its original themes, and new research opportunities. To this end, we will establish the distinctive elements of VE and its main sources and epistemological approaches. In particular, we will first describe VE in business based on Alasdair MacIntyre's ethics and Modern VE in Business. Then, we will briefly show the Thomistic approach to VE in business and its main application to business theory. We will also consider a new epistemological proposal for VE in business in Positive Organizational Scholarship. Next, this chapter will explain briefly the original contributions VE in business makes to a theory of work and a common good theory of the firm. Finally, we will suggest new areas in which VE in business theory has not shown a significant outcome yet. Here, we will discuss new opportunities that VE authors might consider for research projects in new epistemological approaches, VE philosophers not yet studied in business ethics theory, spirituality-based theory (Jewish and Protestant mainly) and its connection with VE, and contemporary problems that firms are facing that can be enlighten from neo-Aristotelian philosophy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Ethics
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781789736854
ISBN (Print)9781789736847
StatePublished - 7 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Aquinas
  • Aristotle
  • Business
  • MacIntyre
  • POS
  • Virtue ethics


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