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Beyond good and evil: the adiaphoric company
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 96, no 3, 425-434 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, six demoralising processes in the context of the company are identified. These processes promote a realm of ‘being-with’, in which outcomes of human interaction are evaluated on rational grounds, and on whether or not a particular action accorded with stipulated ethical rules. Thereby the realm of ‘being-for’, in which individuals are supported to take increased responsibility, is marginalized. The conclusion made is that not only do the demoralizing processes systematically produce moral distance between humans, which weakens individual spontaneous outbursts of sympathy to take increased moral responsibility, they also promise to release individuals from their moral ambivalence by declaring organised action morally indifferent. Organisational action is, in other words, declared as adiaphoric – beyond good and evil.

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Springer , 2010. Vol. 96, no 3, 425-434 p.
Keyword [en]
adiaphorisation, business ethics, demoralising processes, morality
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36690DOI: 10.1007/s10551-010-0475-4ISI: 000282269200006OAI: diva2:355733
Available from: 2010-10-08 Created: 2010-10-08 Last updated: 2010-10-08Bibliographically approved

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