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Quaker business ethics as MacIntyrean tradition

Quaker business ethics as MacIntyrean tradition
Quaker business ethics as MacIntyrean tradition
This paper argues that Quaker business ethics can be understood as a MacIntyrean tradition. To do so, it draws on three key MacIntyrean concepts: community, compartmentalisation, and the critique of management. The emphasis in Quaker business ethics on finding unity, as well as the emphasis that Quaker businesses have placed on serving their local areas, accords with MacIntyre’s claim that small-scale community is essential to human flourishing. The emphasis on integrity in Quaker business ethics means practitioners are well-placed to resist the compartmentalising pressures of contemporary work. Quaker business ethics is also highly critical of the manipulative forms of management that MacIntyre regards as dominant. As such, Quaker business ethics provides evidence that more morally ameliorative forms of running business organisations is possible, even if they remain difficult to achieve.
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Burton, Nicholas
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Sinnicks, Matthew
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Burton, Nicholas
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Sinnicks, Matthew
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Burton, Nicholas and Sinnicks, Matthew (2022) Quaker business ethics as MacIntyrean tradition. Journal of Business Ethics, 176 (3), 507. (doi:10.1007/s10551-020-04706-y).

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This paper argues that Quaker business ethics can be understood as a MacIntyrean tradition. To do so, it draws on three key MacIntyrean concepts: community, compartmentalisation, and the critique of management. The emphasis in Quaker business ethics on finding unity, as well as the emphasis that Quaker businesses have placed on serving their local areas, accords with MacIntyre’s claim that small-scale community is essential to human flourishing. The emphasis on integrity in Quaker business ethics means practitioners are well-placed to resist the compartmentalising pressures of contemporary work. Quaker business ethics is also highly critical of the manipulative forms of management that MacIntyre regards as dominant. As such, Quaker business ethics provides evidence that more morally ameliorative forms of running business organisations is possible, even if they remain difficult to achieve.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 December 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 16 January 2021
Published date: March 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 470058
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/470058
ISSN: 0167-4544
PURE UUID: 234e5b93-89e0-42e2-8107-403b4416dd5a
ORCID for Matthew Sinnicks: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2588-5821

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Date deposited: 30 Sep 2022 17:13
Last modified: 01 Oct 2022 02:07

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Author: Nicholas Burton
Author: Matthew Sinnicks ORCID iD

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