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Business and Professional Ethics Journal

Volume 39, Issue 2, Summer 2020

Roberta Sferrazzo
Pages 225-251

Towards an Agape-Based Organization
Does It Make Sense to Apply Civil Economy to Business Ethics?

In the last decade, scholars have rediscovered the Italian tradition of Civil Economy and the different vision of the market it offers, one that is anchored on reciprocal assistance in market exchange relationships. So far, scholars are discussing Civil Economy especially in the fields of the history of economic though and in economics and philosophy. Nevertheless, this article proposes looking also at business ethics and organizational studies through the lens of Civil Economy, especially considering the notion of virtue provided by civil economists. In particular, it sets forth an organizational model that derives from Civil Economy, i.e. the agape-based organization.

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