Legal Studies and Business Ethics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

7-2012

Publication Source

Business Ethics Quarterly

Volume

22

Issue

3

Start Page

557

Last Page

577

DOI

10.5840/beq201222334

Abstract

We argue that Confucianism makes a fundamental contribution to understanding why civility is necessary for a morally decent workplace. We begin by reviewing some limits that traditional moral theories face in analyzing issues of civility. We then seek to establish a Confucian alternative. We develop the Confucian idea that even in business, humans may be sacred when they observe rituals culturally determined to express particular ceremonial significance. We conclude that managers and workers should understand that there is a broad range of morally important rituals in organizational life and that managers should preserve and develop the intelligibility and integrity of many of these rituals.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This article has been published in a revised form in Business Ethics Quarterly at http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/beq201222334. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press.

Keywords

civility, Confucianism, sacred, ritual, management ethics

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Date Posted: 20 June 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.