Quotation Clegg, Stewart, Kornberger, Martin, Rhodes, Carl. 2007. Business Ethics as Practice. British Journal of Management (BJM). 18 (2), 107-122.




In this article we develop a conceptualization of business ethics as practice. Starting from the view that the ethics that organizations display in practice will have been forged through an ongoing process of debate and contestation over moral choices, we examine ethics in relation to the ambiguous, unpredictable, and subjective contexts of managerial action. Furthermore, we examine how discursively constituted practice relates to managerial subjectivity and the possibilities of managers being moral agents. The article concludes by discussing how the ‘ethics as practice’ approach that we expound provides theoretical resources for studying the different ways that ethics manifest themselves in organizations as well as providing a practical application of ethics in organizations that goes beyond moralistic and legalistic approaches.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal British Journal of Management (BJM)
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Business Ethics as Practice
Volume 18
Number 2
Year 2007
Page from 107
Page to 122
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2006.00493.x
Open Access N


Kornberger, Martin (Details)
Clegg, Stewart (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Rhodes, Carl (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
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