Conflicting stories of virtue in UK healthcare: bringing together organisational studies and ethics

Dawson, David (2009) Conflicting stories of virtue in UK healthcare: bringing together organisational studies and ethics. Business Ethics: A European Review, 18 (2). pp. 95-109. ISSN 09628770

[img]
Preview
Text
Dawson2009_conflictingstoriesofvirtue.pdf

Download (162kB) | Preview

Abstract

In recent years, organisational theorists have been interested in the tensions faced by healthcare organisations. In this paper, these tensions are examined using the virtue approach to ethics of Alasdair MacIntyre. It is argued that although MacIntyre's framework shares many concerns with organisational studies, it supplements the analysis with a focus on moral content and evaluation. By providing moral evaluation of the stories told in organisations, an ethical analysis compels action on a basis that organisational studies does not. Nevertheless, it is the analysis of stories in organisation studies that provides the tools for taking action. The analysis presented here provides an example of how ethics and organisational studies can be brought together to provide a stronger analysis of organisational phenomena. Indeed, it provides support for Nielsen's position that organisational theory and ethics are co-dependent and suggests that greater attention should be paid to ethical concepts in the study of organisational phenomena.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Related URLs:
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: David Dawson
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 07:59
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016 18:22
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/531

University Staff: Request a correction | Repository Editors: Update this record

University Of Gloucestershire

Bookmark and Share

Find Us On Social Media:

Social Media Icons Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Pinterest Linkedin

Other University Web Sites

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.