The Just World Fallacy as a Challenge to the Business-As-Community Thesis

Sinnicks, Matthew (2020) The Just World Fallacy as a Challenge to the Business-As-Community Thesis. Business & Society, 59 (6). pp. 1269-1292. ISSN 0007-6503

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The notion that business organisations are akin to Aristotelian political communities has been a central feature of research into virtue ethics in business. In this article I begin by outlining this ‘community thesis’ and go on to argue that psychological research into the ‘just world fallacy’ presents it with a significant challenge. The just world fallacy undermines our ability to implement an Aristotelian conception of justice, to each as he or she is due, and imperils the relational equality required for shared participation in communities. In the final section, I offer a description of what Aristotelian community might look like within organisations, and some suggestions about how it may be possible to resist the challenge posed by the just world fallacy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtue Ethics, Communities, Just World Fallacy, Aristotelianism, Business Ethics
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 11:55
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 16:45

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