Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society

Volume 10, 1999

Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting

Kathryn Balstad Brewer
Pages 59-69

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.

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