Teleological Business Ethics: Formative, Rationalist and Transformative – Illustrations and Analogies

ESIC Market Economic and Business Journal, Vol. 138, January-April, 2011, pp. 35-61

28 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2012

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Goran Svensson

Oslo School of Management, Norway

Gregory Wood

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

The strategic, tactical and operational levels of an organization may have different perceptions and convictions on how the organization’s behaviours and practices of business ethics should be managed in the marketplace and the surrounding society. We examine organizations’ behaviours and practices of business ethics in the marketplace and the surrounding society with the aid of complexity sciences. The objective is to describe organizations’ behaviours and practices of business ethics using different teleological approaches. Unethical behaviours and practices may be the outcome of conscious actions, but they may also be subconscious. We will discuss reasons for both possibilities of unethical behaviours and practices by organizations, their managers and employees. An important insight based upon the presented illustrations and analogies is that the different teleological approaches to business ethics in behaviours and practices may be consecutive and simultaneous within an organization. An essential subject for further research is how to deal with the durability and variability of behaviours and practices of business ethics of organizations in the marketplace and the surrounding society.

Keywords: Business ethics, teleology, formative, rationalist, transformative

JEL Classification: L20, N34

Suggested Citation

Svensson, Goran and Wood, Gregory, Teleological Business Ethics: Formative, Rationalist and Transformative – Illustrations and Analogies (January 1, 2011). ESIC Market Economic and Business Journal, Vol. 138, January-April, 2011, pp. 35-61. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2172285

Goran Svensson

Oslo School of Management, Norway ( email )

Norway

HOME PAGE: http://www.nordinavia.se

Gregory Wood (Contact Author)

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing ( email )

Victoria
Australia

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