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Article: Re-evaluating the realist conception of war as a business metaphor

TitleRe-evaluating the realist conception of war as a business metaphor
Authors
KeywordsAristotlean ethics
Corporate strategy
Ethical relativism
War analogy
Whistleblowing
Issue Date1999
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wkap.nl/journalhome.htm/1382-6891
Citation
Teaching Business Ethics, 1999, v. 3 n. 1, p. 27 - 35 How to Cite?
AbstractThe state of war is a popular metaphor employed by many business writers seeking to explain the imperatives of strategic decision-making. It is a metaphor which draws on a “realist” characterisation of war as a Hobbesian state of nature devoid of a moral dimension. However, the work of Walzer (1977) has demonstrated that rules of war, established over generations and across cultural divides, play a significant role in the conduct of warfare. Through identifying and analysing rules of war in parallel with ethical dilemmas in business life, such as whistleblowing, it is possible to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the war metaphor in place of simplified, state of nature realism. This alternative version of the war metaphor is a useful means of introducing students to Aristotlean virtues as well as challenging their preconceptions about the nature of business activity.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/169901
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dc.contributor.authorMacfarlane, BJen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-26T00:48:35Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-26T00:48:35Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.identifier.citationTeaching Business Ethics, 1999, v. 3 n. 1, p. 27 - 35en_US
dc.identifier.issn1382-6891en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/169901-
dc.description.abstractThe state of war is a popular metaphor employed by many business writers seeking to explain the imperatives of strategic decision-making. It is a metaphor which draws on a “realist” characterisation of war as a Hobbesian state of nature devoid of a moral dimension. However, the work of Walzer (1977) has demonstrated that rules of war, established over generations and across cultural divides, play a significant role in the conduct of warfare. Through identifying and analysing rules of war in parallel with ethical dilemmas in business life, such as whistleblowing, it is possible to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the war metaphor in place of simplified, state of nature realism. This alternative version of the war metaphor is a useful means of introducing students to Aristotlean virtues as well as challenging their preconceptions about the nature of business activity.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wkap.nl/journalhome.htm/1382-6891en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTeaching Business Ethicsen_US
dc.subjectAristotlean ethicsen_US
dc.subjectCorporate strategyen_US
dc.subjectEthical relativismen_US
dc.subjectWar analogyen_US
dc.subjectWhistleblowingen_US
dc.titleRe-evaluating the realist conception of war as a business metaphoren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailMacfarlane, BJ: bmac@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1023/A:1009753807317en_US
dc.identifier.volume3en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage27en_US
dc.identifier.epage35en_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US

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