In this chapter, we set out to demonstrate how organizational theory and analysis can benefit from the work of the distinguished philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. In the first part of the chapter we show how MacIntyre's conception of how rival traditions may move towards reconciliation has the potential to resolve the relativist conclusions that bedevil organization theory. In the second part, we show how MacIntyre's ‘goods–virtues–practices–institutions’ general theory provides a framework for reconciling the fields of organization theory and organizational ethics. In the third part, we provide a worked example of these two strands to demonstrate the implications of MacIntyre's philosophy for organizational analysis. We conclude with a research agenda for a distinctively MacIntyrean organization theory.
|Title of host publication||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|
|Editors||Haridimos Tsoukas, Robert Chia|
|Place of Publication||Bingley|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Feb 2011|
|Name||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|
|Publisher||Emerald Publishing Group|