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    Alasdair Macintyre’s Aristotelian Business Ethics: A Critique. [REVIEW]John Dobson - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 86 (1):43 - 50.
    This paper begins by summarizing and distilling MacIntyre’s sweeping critique of modern business. It identifies the crux of MacIntyre’s critique as centering on the fundamental Aristotelian concepts of internal goods and practices. MacIntyre essentially follows Aristotle in arguing that by privileging external goods over internal goods, business activity – and certainly modern capitalistic business activity – corrupts practices. Thus, from the perspective of virtue ethics, business is morally indefensible. The paper continues with an evaluation of MacIntyre’s arguments. The conclusion is (...)
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    Alasdair Macintyre’s Aristotelian Business Ethics: A Critique.John Dobson - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 86 (1):43-50.
    This paper begins by summarizing and distilling Macintyre's sweeping critique of modern business. It identifies the crux of Macintyre's critique as centering on the fundamental Aristotelian concepts of internal goods and practices. Maclntyre essentially follows Aristotle in arguing that by privileging external goods over internal goods, business activity -and certainly modern capitalistic business activity -corrupts practices. Thus, from the perspective of virtue ethics, business is morally indefensible. The paper continues with an evaluation of Macintyre's arguments. The conclusion is drawn that (...)
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    Toward the Feminine Firm: An Extension to Thomas White.John Dobson & Judith White - 1995 - Business Ethics Quarterly 5 (3):463-478.
    This paper concerns the influence of gender on a firm’s moral and economic performance. It supports Thomas White’s intimation of a male gender bias in the value system underlying extant business theory. We suggest that this gender bias may be corrected by drawing on the concept of substantive rationality inherent in virtue-ethics theory. This feminine-oriented relationship-based value system complements the essential nature of the firm as a nexus of relationships between stakeholders. Not only is this feminine firm morally desirable, but (...)
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    Toward the Feminine Firm: An Extension to Thomas White.John Dobson & Judith White - 1995 - Business Ethics Quarterly 5 (3):463-478.
    This paper concerns the influence of gender on a firm’s moral and economic performance. It supports Thomas White’s intimation of a male gender bias in the value system underlying extant business theory. We suggest that this gender bias may be corrected by drawing on the concept of substantive rationality inherent in virtue-ethics theory. This feminine-oriented relationship-based value system complements the essential nature of the firm as a nexus of relationships between stakeholders. Not only is this feminine firm morally desirable, but (...)
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    Macintyre’s Position on Business: A Response to Wicks.John Dobson - 1997 - Business Ethics Quarterly 7 (4):125-132.
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    Aesthetics as a Foundation for Business Activity.John Dobson - 2007 - Journal of Business Ethics 72 (1):41-46.
    This paper identifies the ultimate justification for business activity as an aesthetic justification. Aesthetics, loosely defined as the appreciation of beauty, subsumes both ethics and economics within an holistic justificatory mechanism for business decisions. Five essential qualities of aesthetic judgment are identified: disinterest, subjectivity, inclusivity, contemplativity, and internality. The quality of aesthetic judgment, exercised by the individual through the organization, will determine the extent to which business activity enhances quality of life.
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    The Feminine Firm: A Comment.John Dobson - 1996 - Business Ethics Quarterly 6 (2):227-232.
    In this comment Ichallenge two of the arguments made in the paper, “Toward the Feminine Firm.” First I challenge the claim that Gilligan’swork on gender differences in moral orientation provides a logically and empirically sound foundation for an alternative theory of the firm. I cite recent work that discredits any concise notion of a feminine ethic. Second I challenge the claim that, if such a firm were to exist, it would flourish in a competitive market economy. I suggest that, far (...)
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    Toward Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: Evaluating Government Quotas Versus Shareholder Resolutions From the Perspective of Third Wave Feminism.John Dobson, Denise Hensley & Mahdi Rastad - 2018 - Philosophy of Management 17 (3):333-351.
    In recent years, the US and the EU have pursued markedly different agendas in the pursuit of board gender diversity. The EU has taken a more pro-active governmental approach of mandated quotas, whereas the US is relying largely on the endogenous mechanism of shareholder diversity proposals. Despite their obvious allure as a means of bringing about rapid change, evidence is mounting that board gender diversity quotas may yield various deleterious side effects; and quotas may not be as successful in their (...)
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    Women, Ethics, and MBAs.Cheryl MacLellan & John Dobson - 1997 - Journal of Business Ethics 16 (11):1201-1209.
    We argue that the declining female enrollment in graduate business schools is a manifestation of gender bias in business education. The extant conceptual foundation of business education is one which views business activity in terms of a game with fixed and wholly material objectives. This concept betrays an underlying value system that reflects a male orientation. Business education is not merely amoral, therefore, but is gender biased. We suggest that business educators adopt a broadened behavioral rubric. Virtue-ethics theory provides such (...)
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  10. Finance Ethics: The Rationality of Virtue.John Dobson - 1997 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Finance Ethics is not just a moral critique of the finance paradigm, arguing that self-interested profit making must be constrained by ethics. Rather, it is a critique from within that paradigm, in which truth becomes a rational mechanism to enforce contracts, and virtuous behavior is shown to make the most business sense.
     
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    Aesthetic Style as a Postructural Business Ethic.John Dobson - 2010 - Journal of Business Ethics 93 (3):393-400.
    The article begins with a brief history of aesthetic theory. Particular attention is given to the postructuralist ‘aesthetic return’: the resurgence of interest in aesthetics as an ontological foundation for human being-in-the-world. The disordered individual-as-emergent-artist-and-artifact, who is at the centre of this ‘aesthetic return’, is then translated into the ‘dis’-organization that is the firm. The firm is thus defined in terms of its primal sensory impact on the world. It invokes a myriad of aesthetic relations between its disorganized self and (...)
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    The Battle in Seattle: Reconciling Two World Views on Corporate Culture.John Dobson - 2001 - Business Ethics Quarterly 11 (3):403-413.
    This paper investigates the broad ideological conflict between world views on corporate culture. Two views are identified: one encompassing standard liberal economic philosophy; the other taking broader notions of corporate culture from ethics theory. Theconflict that surrounded the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle is used as an illustration of the current conflict between theseviews. The writings of Alasdair MacIntyre are employed as a means of elucidating and reconciling these two world views.
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    The Role of Ethics in Global Corporate Culture.John Dobson - 1990 - Journal of Business Ethics 9 (6):481-488.
    Whatever ethnic, religious, or other cultural boundaries may have evolved through history, a global corporate culture is increasingly subsuming these traditional divisions. Multinational corporations, internationally linked securities markets, and omnipresent communication networks characterize this global corporate culture. The dynamics of corporate culture centres on the intricate web of contractual relations between stakeholders. This study addresses the question of how these stakeholder contracts can be most efficiently enforced. Three alternative contractual enforcement mechanisms are identified: the legal system, a generally accepted moral (...)
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    Utopia Reconsidered: The Modern Firm as Institutional Ideal.John Dobson - 2008 - Philosophy of Management 7 (1):67-75.
    This paper challenges Alasdair MacIntyre’s assertion that the modern firm - such as Google, Unilever, or Microsoft - is inimical to human flourishing within an Aristotelian framework. The paper begins by questioning MacIntyre’s rendering of utopian communities. It then addresses four specific criticisms of themodern firm to be found throughout MacIntyre’s oeuvre, namely compartmentalisation, myopia, inequality, and loss of community. Arguments are made to the effect that these criticisms do not vitiate the institutional role of the modern firm in an (...)
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    Heroic Business ‘Ethics’.John Dobson & Eleanor Helms - 2014 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 33 (2-3):131-146.
    This paper applies Alain Badiou’s ethic-of-truths to the context of business ethics. Business ethics is redefined as self-regarding, aspirational, and internal to a given firm. Firms are defined as sites. The event is a radical innovation experienced by a given firm. Ethics emerges as the challenge of fidelity to the truths engendered by the event.
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    Aesthetic Style as a Postructural Business Ethic.John Dobson - 2010 - Journal of Business Ethics 93 (3):393 - 400.
    The article begins with a brief history of aesthetic theory. Particular attention is given to the postructuralist ‘aesthetic return’: the resurgence of interest in aesthetics as an ontological foundation for human being-in-the-world. The disordered individual-as-emergent-artist-and-artifact, who is at the centre of this ‘aesthetic return’, is then translated into the ‘dis’-organization that is the firm. The firm is thus defined in terms of its primal sensory impact on the world. It invokes a myriad of aesthetic relations between its disorganized self and (...)
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    Defending the Stockholder Model: A Comment on Hasnas, and on Dunfee’s Mom.John Dobson - 1999 - Business Ethics Quarterly 9 (2):337-345.
    Here I synthesize certain ideas presented in two different articles that appeared in the same issue of Business Ethics Quarterly. One article (Hasnas) invokes the stockholder model as a valid normative theory of business ethics, the other article (Dunfee) invokes a marketplace of morality. Both articles imply that the accepted financial-economic view of the firm is a view that can accommodateethics. I offer empirical support for this view. I also identify the ethic of the stockholder model as a variant on (...)
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    A Moral and Economic Defense of Executive Compensation.John Dobson - 2011 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 30 (1-2):59-70.
    A great deal has been written in recent years about the justification, if any, for the current levels of executive compensation. The folk consensus is that the current levels of executive compensation are unjustifiably high from both a moral and an economic perspective. In the case of the former, the compensation level is unfair and unjust. And in the case of the latter, the compensation level is not in the broader interests of other stakeholders or of firm-value maximization.In this paper (...)
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    Women on Boards.John Dobson & Mahdi Rastad - 2018 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 37 (1):1-12.
    In recent years, the US, UK, and Continental Europe have pursued board gender diversity through markedly different means. Several European countries have imposed mandatory quotas, whereas the UK and US are relying on the endogenous mechanisms of social pressure and shareholder proposals respectively. Despite their obvious allure as a means of bringing about rapid change, evidence is mounting that European board gender diversity quotas may yield various deleterious side effects; and quotas may not be as successful in their core aim (...)
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    Why Should Firms Hire Business Ethics Consultants?John Dobson - 1993 - The Society for Business Ethics Newsletter 4 (3):15-16.
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    TNCs and the Corruption of GATT: Free Trade Versus Fair Trade. [REVIEW]John Dobson - 1993 - Journal of Business Ethics 12 (7):573 - 578.
    In order to enrich global corporate culture, a distinction must be made between the economic ideology of free trade and the moral ideology of fair trade. GATT has failed to make this distinction. Its sole ethos of free trade is only applicable among developmentally equivalent nations, and has been used by TNCs as a means for attaining their commercial ends in the third world. GATT''s lack of commitment to an objective of fair trade necessitates its replacement. This article suggests a (...)
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    Reconciling Financial Economics and Business Ethics.John Dobson - 1991 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 10 (4):23-42.
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    Ethics in Financial Contracting.John Dobson - 1992 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 11 (3):93-127.
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    Women on Boards in Advance.John Dobson & Mahdi Rastad - forthcoming - Business and Professional Ethics Journal.
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    Heidegger’s Critique of Technology and the Contemporary Return to Artisan Business Activity.Eleanor Helms & John Dobson - 2016 - Philosophy of Management 15 (3):203-220.
    So far aesthetics has played a limited role in our understanding of business activity, focused mainly on evaluating product quality and the character qualities of the firm that produced them We draw on Heidegger’s fuller account of aesthetic value to show how a firm—like a work of art – can disclose the way human projects and technologies are already at work in a given context. In this way, we show that firms play an essential role in human self-understanding—a role that (...)
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    Ethics in the Transnational Corporation; the “Moral Buck” Stops Where?John Dobson - 1992 - Journal of Business Ethics 11 (1):21 - 27.
    This paper addresses two issues. The first issue relates directly to transnational corporations, while the second issue is broader and relates to all diversely held companies. To address the first issue I cite three representative instances where wanton environmental damage has signalled a lack of moral judgment on the part of a transnational corporation. I conclude from these instances that ethical considerations are not given adequate weight in corporate investment decisions.This leads to the second issue. Who should be making ethical (...)
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    Management Reputation: An Economic Solution to the Ethics Dilemma.John Dobson - 1991 - Business and Society 30 (1):13-20.
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    Theory of the Firm.John Dobson - 1994 - Economics and Philosophy 10 (1):73.
    I carved a massive cake of beeswax into bits and rolled them in my hands until they softened … Going forward I carried wax along the line, and laid it thick on their ears. They tied me up, then, plumb amidships, back to the mast, lashed to the mast, and took themselves again to rowing. Soon, as we came smartly within hailing distance, the two Sirens, noting our fast ship off their point, made ready, and they sang … The lovely (...)
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    Size Matters: Why Managers Should Pursue Corporate Growth, Even at the Expense of Shareholder Value.John Dobson - 2004 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 23 (3):45-59.
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    In Search of the “Good Manager” as “True Professional”.John Dobson - 1997 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 16 (4):47-66.
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    Changing Church.John Dobson - 1996 - The Australasian Catholic Record 73 (4):415.
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    Corporate Reputation: A Free-Market Solution to Unethical Behavior.John Dobson - 1989 - Business and Society 28 (1):1-5.
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  33. An Economic and Moral Analysis of the Firm.John Dobson - 1994 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 5:157-169.
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  34. Size Matters.John Dobson - 2004 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 23 (3):45-59.
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  35. The True Professional.John Dobson - 1995 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 6:73-78.
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  36. Virtue-Ethics And Business.John Dobson - 1996 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 7:99-109.
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