When Organizations are Too Good: Applying Aristotle's Doctrine of the Mean to the Corporate Ethical Virtues Model

12 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017

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Muel Kaptein

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

Aristotle's doctrine of the mean states that a virtue is the mean state between two vices: a deficient and an excessive one. The Corporate Ethical Virtues (CEV) Model defines the mean and the corresponding deficient vice for each of its seven virtues. This paper defines for each of these virtues the corresponding excessive vice and explores why organizations characterized by these excessive vices increase the likelihood that their employees will behave unethically. The excessive vices are patronization, pompousness, lavishness, zealotry, overexposure, talkativeness, and oppressiveness.

Suggested Citation

Kaptein, Muel, When Organizations are Too Good: Applying Aristotle's Doctrine of the Mean to the Corporate Ethical Virtues Model (July 2017). Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 300-311, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2986505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/beer.12147

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