Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 January 1996

232 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195100778

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Organizational Ethics and the Good Life

Edwin Hartman

The Ruffin Series in Business Ethics

In this book, Edwin Hartman argues that the real world of experience, rather than abstract theory, is the source of principles for business ethics. Hartman explains how ethical principles derive from what employees learn in good organizations and argues that an ethically good company is one that creates the good life for those who work in it. An ethical organization has a good corporate culture, which not only serves the interests of the participants but helps determine what those interests are, and sees to it that they are compatible with both autonomy and good corporate citizenship. In this way the individual develops a conception of the good life what is inappropriate to the moral person. The influences on Hartmans thought include the Aristotelian tradition of refined common sense, contemporary pragmatism, recent work concerning collective action problems, and social contract theory.


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