The manager seeking virtue: Lessons from literature
Journal of Business Ethics
The authors argue that studying classic literature (fiction) is useful in strengthening the manager's ability to resolve specific ethical dilemmas. The authors summarize stories, plays and novels that explicitly address a series of ethical trials common to many managers (e.g., whistleblowing, discrimination and greed). Recognizing the multicultural nature of contemporary business practice, the authors draw upon literature from Europe and Asia to illustrate their thesis. Studying literature offers a challenging and personally compelling method for managers (and management students) to improve their moral sensitivity and strengthen the decision making skills used in addressing the ethical ambiguities of business practice. The article concludes with a supplemental reading list that summarizes additional pieces of international literature with strong business ethics themes. © 1992 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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McAdams, Tony and Koppensteiner, Roswitha, "The manager seeking virtue: Lessons from literature" (1992). Faculty Publications. 4480.