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Between Enterprise and Ethics: Business and Management in a Bimoral Society

John Hendry


This book explores the evolution and origins of contemporary moral culture, with a particular focus on the challenges it poses for managers and business leaders. It is argued that in today’s bimoral society, people govern their lives by two contrasting sets of principles: those associated with traditional morality and its duties and obligations, which remain powerful even though the authorities supporting them have been considerably weakened; and those associated with the pursuit of self-interest, which have escaped their traditional constraints and acquired a degree of social legitimacy unpar ... More

Keywords: morality, self-interest, moral culture, leadership, organizational culture, corporate governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268634
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Hendry, author
BRESE Professor of Business Administration, School of Business Management, Brunel University, and Fellow of Girton College, University of Cambridge
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