Volume 10, 1999
Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting
Kathryn Balstad Brewer
The construction of managerial ethics
An application of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of practice
The paper begins with a description of Bourdieu's theory of practice (1977). The remainder of the paper concentrates on applying the theory to a managerial environment, specifically within the framework of ethical decision-making. Illustrations are drawn from actual managerial decisions. Conclusions and implications focus on the use of heterodoxical thinking to diminish the 'business is different' archetype.