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Participating in the Common Good of the Firm


  • Alejo Sison


  • Joan Fontrodona



In a previous essay (Sison and Fontrodona 2012 ), we defined the common good of the firm as collaborative work, insofar as it provides, first, an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, virtues, and meaning (work as praxis), and second, inasmuch as it produces goods and services to satisfy society’s needs and wants (work as poiesis). We would now like to focus on the participatory aspect of this common good. To do so, we will have to identify the different members of the firm as a community, drawing from corporate citizenship literature and stakeholder theory. Afterward, we will explore both the manner and the intensity of these different members’ participation and its impact on the firm’s common good. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

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  • Alejo Sison & Joan Fontrodona, 2013. "Participating in the Common Good of the Firm," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 113(4), pages 611-625, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:113:y:2013:i:4:p:611-625
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1684-4

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    1. Joan Fontrodona & Alejo Sison & Boudewijn Bruin, 2013. "Editorial Introduction: Putting Virtues Into Practice. A Challenge for Business and Organizations," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 113(4), pages 563-565, April.
    2. Alesia Slocum & Sylvia Rohlfer & Cesar Gonzalez-Canton, 2014. "Teaching Business Ethics Through Strategically Integrated Micro-Insertions," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 125(1), pages 45-58, November.
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    4. Lloyd Sandelands, 2015. "On Taking People Seriously: An Apology, to My Students Especially," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 126(4), pages 603-611, February.
    5. Kevin Morrell & Stephen Brammer, 2016. "Governance and Virtue: The Case of Public Order Policing," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 136(2), pages 385-398, June.
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