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What is virtue? Advancing the conceptualization of virtue to inform positive organizational inquiry


Newstead, T and Macklin, R and Dawkins, S and Martin, A, What is virtue? Advancing the conceptualization of virtue to inform positive organizational inquiry, The Academy of Management Perspectives, 32, (4) pp. 443-457. ISSN 1558-9080 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5465/amp.2016.0162


In order to advance theory, key concepts need to be clearly defined (e.g. Kozlowski & Klein, 2000; Suddaby, 2010). Scholars in the field of positive organizational inquiry are engaging in meaningful work on the processes, practices, and attributes which enable optimal human and organizational functioning. Much of this work incorporates the concept of virtue as an integral part of positive organizing. However, we argue that the efficacy of this scholarship is undermined by poorly defined and misconstrued conceptualizations of virtue, which vary widely in their scope and perspective (Gotsis & Grimani, 2015). This article draws on the philosophy of Aristotelian virtue ethics and the deep ontological framework of critical realism to articulate a clear definition of virtue, and a five factor framework for determining what is virtuous in which contexts. These contributions provide the foundation for a stronger virtue-based perspective in positive organizational inquiry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:management education and development, management spirituality and religion, organizational behavior, ethics and codes of conduct, social Issues in management, organizational development and change
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisation and management theory
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Newstead, T (Dr Toby Newstead)
UTAS Author:Macklin, R (Dr Rob Macklin)
UTAS Author:Dawkins, S (Dr Sarah Dawkins)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:123960
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2018-02-02
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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