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Teleological business ethics : formative, rationalist and transformative – illustrations and analogies

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posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by G Svensson, Greg WoodGreg Wood
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 durabilty and variabitlity of behaviours and practices of business ethics of organizations in the marketplace and the surrounding society.

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Journal

ESIC Market

Volume

138

Season

January-April

Pagination

35 - 61

Publisher

Escuela Superior de Gestion Comercial Y Marketing

Location

Madrid, Spain

ISSN

1989-3574

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Escuela Superior de Gestion Comercial Y Marketing

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