Are ethicality and profitability mutually exclusive?

Jieun Ryu

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Are ethicality and profitability mutually exclusive? Is it really possible for a firm to achieve both ethicality and profitability at the same time? The conventional view states that business ethics is an oxymoron – ethical and business behaviours must be conflicting as economic profitability is more important than ethicality in business (Duska, 2000). Although some will argue that creating profit can make the world a better place, recent incidents do not seem to support this idea.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeading Integrity
Subtitle of host publicationTowards an organisational ethics
PublisherWarwick Business School
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


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