Judgement, Virtue and Social Practice

  • Chris ProvisEmail author
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 38)


In this chapter I develop ideas about the relationship amongst moral judgement, intuition and social practice, and the ways these notions fit together in thinking about management and virtue ethics. I argue that ethical action by managers in organisations typically requires exercise of intuitive judgement that is developed by experience, aided by social exchange with others in a context of management practice. I also suggest that this account of judgement in virtue ethics is opposed in some important ways to rational choice theory and managerialism. These views’ undue focus on the ‘principal–agent problem’ pushes aside the possibility that managers need to be able to exercise discretion based on judgement that is based on experience and reflection and developed in a social context.


Moral Judgement Virtue Ethic Agent Problem Ethical Judgement Moral Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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