Virtue at Work: Ethics for Individuals, Managers, and Organizations

ISBN : 9780198849131

Geoff Moore
240 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Oct 2019
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Virtue at Work is about good organizations, good managers, and good people, and how these can contribute to good communities. It provides an integrated and philosophically-grounded framework that enables a coherent approach to organizations and organizational ethics from the perspective of practitioners in the workplace, managers in organizations, as well as from the perspective of organizations themselves.
The philosophical grounding comes from the work of the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. In line with MacIntyre's own commitments, this book makes philosophy down-to-earth and practical. It provides a new way of understanding ethics and organizations that is both realistic and attractive, but also challenging. And it also provides tough but realistic suggestions in order to put this approach into practice.
Virtue at Work not only applies theory in a readable and compelling manner, but also shows how this has been applied to a wide variety of organizations and occupations. Examples are drawn from Architecture, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Banking, Investment Advising, Open Source Software, Pharmaceuticals, Fair Trade, the UK's National Health Service, Churches, and Journalism, among many others.


1 Introduction
Part 1: Organizations and Virtue Ethics
2 Organizations and Ethics
3 Virtue Ethics and Organizational Ethics
4 A MacIntyrean Approach to Organizations and Organizational Ethics
Part 2: Implications for Individuals, Managers, and Organizations
5 Implications for Individuals
6 Implications for Managers
7 Implications for Organizations
Part 3: Organizational Virtue Ethics in Practice
8 Virtue Ethics in Business Organizations
9 Virtue Ethics in Non-business Organizations
10 Conclusions

About the author: 

Geoff Moore is Professor of Business Ethics at Durham University Business School in the UK. His main academic interests are focused on Fair Trade and the application of virtue ethics to organizations and managers. His work has been published in leading journals in the field. Outside of academia, Geoff has had a long-standing engagement with Fair Trade, and has been a non-executive director of both Shared Interest Society Ltd. and Traidcraft.

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