MacIntyre, neo-Aristotelianism and organization theory

Ron Beadle, Geoff Moore

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
EditorsHaridimos Tsoukas, Robert Chia
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd
ISBN (Print)9780857245953
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2011

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
PublisherEmerald Publishing Group
ISSN (Electronic)0733-558X


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