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On the Harmony of Business Ethics and Feminist Ethics

Janet L. Borgerson

Rochester Institute of Technology

Business and Society Review Vol. 112, No. 4

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

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

JEL Classification: M10, M14, M37

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Date posted: February 17, 2008  

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Borgerson, Janet L., On the Harmony of Business Ethics and Feminist Ethics. Business and Society Review Vol. 112, No. 4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1094296

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Janet L. Borgerson (Contact Author)
Rochester Institute of Technology ( email )
Saunders School of Business
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623
United States
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