The Heart of the Good Institution

Virtue Ethics as a Framework for Responsible Management

  • Howard Harris
  • Gayathri Wijesinghe
  • Stephen McKenzie

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Howard Harris, Gayathri Wijesinghe, Stephen McKenzie
    Pages 1-4
  3. Can Management Be a Practice?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-6
    2. Denis Anthony (Tony) O’Malley
      Pages 35-46
    3. Chris Provis
      Pages 47-58
    4. Howard Harris
      Pages 59-70
  4. Leadership, Virtue and Vice

  5. Case Studies

  6. A Concluding Reflection: Narratives of Virtue in Responsible Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-183

About this book


This book addresses the question: how can institutions develop and maintain a good purpose? And how can managers contribute to this endeavour? Twelve contributions explore this question, using MacIntyrean inquiry as a basis for exploring four main themes: Can management be considered a practice in the MacIntyrean sense? What is the role of specific virtues in the development of a virtuous institution? What are management vices and what are the conditions in which they flourish? And, can we use MacIntyrean ideas to consider the management of all forms of institutions? The volume is an international and multidisciplinary collection, with contributions from well-known writers in the field of management ethics, and innovative contributions that use MacIntyrean inquiry as a lens to examine fields such as hospitality, user generated music content and social sustainability. The papers are unified by their concern for the achievement of organizational excellence and integrity through ethical management.

Unlike single author texts this edited volume brings together multiple perspectives on the topic of virtue ethics in management. In doing so, it explores the topic both more deeply and more widely than a single author can do.

Because of its breadth, this book has the potential to become a turn-to research tool for those interested in virtue theory’s relevance to other academic interests such as organizational behavior (including motivation theory and social psychology), literature, contemporary social issue criticism, and business management.


Can management be a practice? Conscious Corporate Growth Embedded Moral Agency Leadership Development Leadership, Vice and Virtue Management Virtue Management as a Practice Moral Agency Morality of Management Organisational Narcissism Responsible Management Social Practice Sustainable Practice of Hospitality Work Utopian Interpretation Virtual Vortex Virtue in Responsible Management YouTube as a Nascent Practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Howard Harris
    • 1
  • Gayathri Wijesinghe
    • 2
  • Stephen McKenzie
    • 3
  1. 1., School of ManagementUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.School of ManagementUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.School of ManagementUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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