Modelling virtue in finance

As part of my postdoctoral work, I research moral exemplars — or role models — within UK financial services firms. Many will doubt that finance has good role models at all, given a long history of corporate scandals and an array of bad behaviour in the sector. But, as my colleagues and I have seenContinue reading “Modelling virtue in finance”

An Ethics Model of the Firm

Beyond MacIntyre’s practice–institution framework This conference paper was prepared for the 2022 Annual Conference of the Society for Business Ethics. It was written in response to peer review of the original submission. You can download the full text of the conference paper below. Introduction Business ethics is a broad church. In its pews sit familiarContinue reading “An Ethics Model of the Firm”

Updates from the Conference Circuit

It’s that time of year: summer conferences! Since May, I’ve presented at four conferences. The first two focused on law and religion, the second two on virtue in business and in general. I am now preparing for three more conferences, which will round out not just the summer but the 2021/22 academic year as well.Continue reading “Updates from the Conference Circuit”

Video: Business ethics, saving grace or oxymoron?

I was recently on a panel with Georgetown University, discussing business ethics, human rights, and free speech. Many thanks to Professor Michael Scott and Sanford Ungar for the kind invitation! From Georgetown’s website: “As the Western world haltingly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, many count on the international business community, practicing enlightened and ethical capitalism,Continue reading “Video: Business ethics, saving grace or oxymoron?”

Lectures: Wisdom, corporate responsibility, and the social role of business

According to Aristotle, a virtue is an enduring disposition that allows a person to think, feel and act well, or appropriately, in a given situation (Nicomachean Ethics 1105b25–6). For example, against the attack of an enemy, the virtuous soldier reacts with courage, not cowardice or foolhardiness. She would direct her thoughts, feelings and actions inContinue reading “Lectures: Wisdom, corporate responsibility, and the social role of business”

World leading? A conversation on responsible leadership

This week The Oxford Character Project launched a series of postgraduate seminars aimed at generating discussion around the nature of responsible leadership. Attending the first session as a shadow facilitator, I was struck by the following comment from one of the participants: ‘We need different character traits when leading different types of organisations’. Having startedContinue reading “World leading? A conversation on responsible leadership”