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Anthropological and ethical foundations of organization theory


  • Argandoña, Antonio

    () (IESE Business School)


The ever more frequent and forceful criticisms of management sciences suggest that we need a new model. In fact, the number of proposed alternatives has multiplied, with some suggesting that the range of economic points of departure be extended, while others turn to other sciences (sociology, psychology, neuroeconomics, political sciences, philosophy) for their inspiration. This article suggests returning to the origins of economic science, action theory, with a broader approach that takes in the contributions of realist philosophy (Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas), with a view to laying the foundations for a richer organizational theory in which ethics plays a clearer role.

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  • Argandoña, Antonio, 2007. "Anthropological and ethical foundations of organization theory," IESE Research Papers D/707, IESE Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0707

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    1. Naveed Yazdani & Hasan Murad, 2015. "Toward an Ethical Theory of Organizing," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 127(2), pages 399-417, March.
    2. Argandoña, Antonio, 2009. "The common good of the company and the theory of organization," IESE Research Papers D/777, IESE Business School.
    3. Argandoña, Antonio, 2009. "Can corporate social responsibility help us understand the credit crisis?," IESE Research Papers D/790, IESE Business School.
    4. Argandoña, Antonio, 2010. "From action theory to the theory of the firm," IESE Research Papers D/855, IESE Business School.

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    action theory; ethics; management; moral virtues; organization theory;

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