Journal of Business Ethics 113 (4):639-648 (2013)

This article analyzes the issue of organizational transparency through the lens of Thomas Aquinas’ ethics. It provides moral justification for current claims about corporate transparency and sheds light on the ethical values and virtues affecting information disclosure decisions. Transparency is conceptualized as an informational mechanism necessary for performing the virtues of truthfulness, justice, and prudence. This article extends the organizational transparency and corporate social responsibility literatures by providing an alternative moral justification grounded in virtue-based theory, which extends our understanding of the information disclosure decisions made by management.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10551-013-1682-6
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 55,981
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory.Alasdair C. MacIntyre - 1983 - University of Notre Dame Press.
Business codes of multinational firms: What do they say?Muel Kaptein - 2004 - Journal of Business Ethics 50 (1):13-31.
CSR Business as Usual? The Case of the Tobacco Industry.Guido Palazzo & Ulf Richter - 2005 - Journal of Business Ethics 61 (4):387-401.

View all 47 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Re-Thinking Capitalism: What We Can Learn From Scholasticism?Domènec Melé - 2016 - Journal of Business Ethics 133 (2):293-304.

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Setting of the Summa Theologiae of Saint Thomas (1982).Leonard E. Boyle - 2008 - In James P. Reilly (ed.), The Gilson Lectures on Thomas Aquinas. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
Introduction to the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas.John Hittinger - 2006 - Review of Metaphysics 59 (3):648-650.
The Context of Thomas Aquinas's' Summa Theologiae'.L. E. Boyle - 2000 - Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica 92 (1):3-25.


Added to PP index

Total views
21 ( #488,463 of 2,403,513 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #360,890 of 2,403,513 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes