Virtue and meaningful work

Beadle, Ron and Knight, Kelvin (2012) Virtue and meaningful work. Business Ethics Quarterly, 22 (2). pp. 433-450. ISSN 1052-150X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/beq201222219

Abstract

This article deploys Alasdair MacIntyre’s Aristotelian virtue ethics, in which meaningfulness is understood to supervene on human functioning, to bring empirical and ethical accounts of meaningful work into dialogue. Whereas empirical accounts have presented the experience of meaningful work either in terms of agents’ orientation to work or as intrinsic to certain types of work, ethical accounts have largely assumed the latter formulation and subjected it to considerations of distributive justice. This article critiques both the empirical and ethical literatures from the standpoint of MacIntyre’s account of the relationship between the development of virtuous dispositions and participation in work that is productive of goods internal to practices. This reframing suggests new directions for empirical and ethical enquiries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: meaningful work, virtue, business ethics, self-determination theory, MacIntyre
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
V500 Philosophy
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Corporate and Executive Development
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 14:01
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7312

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