Moral Imagination: A Bridge between Ethics and Entrepreneurship

22 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2000

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Laura Dunham

University of St. Thomas

Patricia H. Werhane

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Dunham, Laura and Werhane, Patricia H., Moral Imagination: A Bridge between Ethics and Entrepreneurship (2000). Darden Business School Working Paper No. 00-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=252654 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.252654

Laura Dunham (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas ( email )

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United States

Patricia H. Werhane

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
434-924-4840 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/werhane.htm

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