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Corporate codes of ethics and the bending of moral space
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
2009 (English)In: Organization, ISSN 1350-5084, E-ISSN 1461-7323, Vol. 16, no 4, 529-545 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What happens when corporate codes of ethics (CCEs) `go to work',and how do they influence moral practice? Even though previousresearch has posed these or similar questions, the role andthe effect of the CCE are still dubious. In this article, itis argued that this is predominantly because previous researchis fixed in a position in which CCEs are passive artefacts withno capability of bending space, and in which agency and moralityare limited to the human sphere only. An approach to the studyand understanding of CCEs in which the travel of the CCE ismade the focus of the research is therefore developed. The codecomes alive in a heterogeneous materiality, travelling as aresult of a wide range of translations, and granted an epistemologicalcapability of influencing humans' world-views and moral practices.The approach is illustrated with a case study on CCE-implementationand it is concluded that through generating more accounts likethis, researchers and practitioners are not only in a betterposition to understand how CCEs `go to work', but also in abetter position to shoulder moral responsibility.

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SAGE , 2009. Vol. 16, no 4, 529-545 p.
Keyword [en]
actor-network theory, code, ethics, morality, translation
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-25697DOI: 10.1177/1350508409104507OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-25697DiVA: diva2:233241
Available from: 2009-08-31 Created: 2009-08-31 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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