A Survey on Virtue in Business and Management (1980-2011)

73 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2014

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Ignacio Ferrero

School of Economics and Business

Alejo José G. Sison

University of Navarra, School of Economics and Business

Date Written: October 2012


Virtue ethics is generally recognized as one of the three major schools of ethics, but is often waylaid by utilitarianism and deontology in business and management literature. Focusing on publications in the Thomson-Reuters Journal of Citation Report between 1980 and 2011, we use EBSCO and ABI databases to look for articles containing the keywords “virtue ethics”, “virtue theory” or “virtuousness” in the abstract together with “business” or “management” in the text. We refined our search to draw lists of the most prolific authors, the most cited authors, the most cited articles and the journals with the most virtue ethics publications. This information allows us to chart how virtue ethics articles have evolved through the decades and establish clusters of authors as well as clusters of themes. These findings also provide a foundation for future study of the meanings of virtue ethics and the achievement and potential of different persuasions within virtue ethics research. We believe this will make a significant contribution to business ethics scholarship and management education by supplying both with a solid philosophical and anthropological mooring.

Keywords: Virtue, virtue ethics, virtuousness, literature review, publication patterns, Aristotle, MacIntyre.

Suggested Citation

Ferrero, Ignacio and Sison, Alejo Jose G., A Survey on Virtue in Business and Management (1980-2011) (October 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2486078 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2486078

Ignacio Ferrero (Contact Author)

School of Economics and Business ( email )

Edificio Bibliotecas-Este
Pamplona, Navarra 31080

Alejo Jose G. Sison

University of Navarra, School of Economics and Business ( email )

Campus Universitario
Pamplona, 31080

HOME PAGE: http://https://alejosison.wordpress.com/

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