Discourse and tractable morality

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When managerial decisions are examined, somehow the business context must
be included in the analysis. In this chapter, causalities that transcend individuals
are promoted as unit of analysis in empirical moral research, namely, discourse.
Studying managerial decisions in their discursive context is an interesting way
to study the moral side of these decisions. After discussing discourse theory, the
conclusion is that discourse theory can help business ethics in many different
ways. It is shown what a discourse description or analysis within business
ethics could look like. Special attention is paid to stories and metaphors, and
to the power effects of international anticorruption discourses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics
EditorsC. Lütge
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
ISBN (Print)9789400714939
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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