Moral Imagination: A Bridge between Ethics and Entrepreneurship
22 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2000
Date Written: 2000
This paper seeks to bridge the gulf between business ethics scholarship and management practice by exploring the links between two topics that have, to date, been neatly divided by what Freeman terms the Separation Thesis. The first topic is moral imagination, an issue of growing interest to moral philosophers and business ethicists. The second is the problem of organizational creativity and entrepreneurship, one of increasing concern to the business practitioner. We hope to show that there is more overlap between these two topics than current work in both areas would suggest. Specifically, we hope to show how moral imagination cannot only improve the ethical performance of firms, but also can serve as an effective platform for the kind of creative problem solving that managers and management scholars see as key to developing and sustaining competitive advantage in today's fast-moving markets.
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