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The shadow of MacIntyre's manager in the Kingdom of Conscience constrained

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Abstract:

This article addresses the issue of moral compunction among a sample of senior managers set against the background of their routine organizational participation. In considering what factors influence their moral sensibilities these managers were interviewed using an approach designed to elicit their perceptions concerning both the ethical and commercially imperative dimensions of their working lives. The qualitative data resulting from this inquiry, while tentative, indicates the primacy of the normative appeal of shareholder value, conditioned by the exigencies of engagement in corporate bureaucracies, including the maintenance of career and livelihood responsibilities. These conclusions indicate the magnitude of the obstacle that the normative business ethics project requires to overcome in order to fulfil its promise.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8608.2007.00509.x

Affiliations: Senior Lecturer in Organizational Studies and Business Ethics, Edinburgh University School of Management and Economics, Edinburgh, UK

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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