1st Edition

Business Ethics A Virtue Ethics and Common Good Approach

    232 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Can business activities and decisions be virtuous?

    This is the first business ethics textbook to take a virtue ethics approach. It explains how virtue ethics compares with alternative approaches to business ethics, such as utilitarianism and deontology, and argues that virtue ethics best serves the common good of society.

    Looking across the whole spectrum of business—including finance, governance, leadership, marketing and production—each chapter presents the theory of virtue ethics and supports students’ learning with chapter objectives, in-depth interviews with professionals and real-life case studies from a wide range of countries.

    Business Ethics: A Virtue Ethics and Common Good Approach is a valuable text for advanced undergraduates and masters-level students on business ethics courses.

    1. Virtues and the Common Good in Business

    Alejo José G. Sison, Ignacio Ferrero and Gregorio Guitián

    2. Virtues and the Common Good in Leadership

    Matthias P. Hühn, Marcel Meyer and Aliza Racelis

    3. Virtues and the Common Good in Finance

    Alejo José G. Sison, Ignacio Ferrero, Gregorio Guitián, Marta Rocchi and Andrea Roncella

    4. Virtues and the Common Good in Production

    Germán Scalzo

    5. Virtues and the Common Good in Marketing

    Pablo García Ruiz and Carlos Rodríguez Lluesma

    6. Virtues and the Common Good in Human Resource Management

    Javier Pinto-Garay and María José Bosch

    7. Virtues and Common Good in Corporate Legal Practice

    Kemi Ogunyemi and J. Brooke Hamilton

    8. Practical Wisdom in Corporate Governance

    Alejo José G. Sison and Matthias P. Hühn

    9. Confucian Traditions in Virtue Ethics

    Richard Kim, Reuben Mondejar, Richard Roque, Javier Cuervo


    Alejo José G. Sison is Professor (School of Economics and Business, University of Navarra) and former president of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) (2009–2012). He is Section Editor at the Journal of Business Ethics and editorial board member of Business Ethics Quarterly.

    Ignacio Ferrero is Professor of Business Ethics (School of Economics and Business, University of Navarra) and Visiting Scholar at Bentley, Harvard and Notre Dame University. He is co-founder of the research group on virtue ethics in business and management.

    Gregorio Guitián is Associate Professor of Moral Theology (School of Theology, University of Navarra). He has published several books and articles on Catholic Social Teaching in international journals. His research interest includes Catholic Social Teaching on economic issues. He is Associate Editor of the journal Scripta Theologica.

    "Introducing virtue ethics to the business practices that surround us all may reinvigorate the language of virtue by providing vivid illustrations of virtue in practice. […] Business Ethics: A Virtue Ethics and Common Good Approach will certainly help in that effort."

    Barry Schwartz, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, USA

    "The contributors are leading thinkers around Catholic Social Teaching and Business. They analyze this tradition and explain why it is important for the 21st century. They redefine business, putting virtues and the common good at the center of management thinking."

    R. Edward Freeman, University Professor, The Darden School, University of Virginia, USA

    "This excellent text is unique because its international cast of authors shows students and practitioners how to promote the common good by applying virtue ethics to particular business functions."

    Joanne B. Ciulla, Professor and Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business SchoolNewark and New Brunswick, USA

    "This book explores virtue ethics in a systematic way, evaluating what Aristotle, Catholic Social Teaching and Alasdair MacIntyre have to say about the virtues, character, leadership, finance, and other timely topics. There simply is no better introduction to the subject."

    Daryl Koehn, Wicklander Chair in Business Ethics, DePaul University, USA