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On the Harmony of Business Ethics and Feminist Ethics

45 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2008  

Janet L. Borgerson

University of London, City


If business requires ethical solutions that are viable in the liminal landscape between concepts and corporate office, then business ethics and corporate social responsibility should offer tools that can survive the trek, that flourish in this well-traveled, but often unarticulated, environment. Indeed, feminist ethics produces, accesses, and engages such tools. However, work in BE and CSR consistently conflates feminist ethics and feminine ethics and care ethics. I offer clarification and invoke the analytic power of three feminist ethicists 'in action' whose investigations into the "grey zones" of harms; identity and representational conventions; and "asymmetrical reciprocity" harmonize with business ethics' requirements.

Keywords: Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics, Feminist Ethics, Identity

JEL Classification: M10, M14, M37

Suggested Citation

Borgerson, Janet L., On the Harmony of Business Ethics and Feminist Ethics. Business and Society Review Vol. 112, No. 4. Available at SSRN:

Janet Borgerson (Contact Author)

University of London, City ( email )

Cass School of Business
United Kingdom

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