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No D/658:
Intellectual evolution of strategic management and its relationship with ethics and social responsibility

Domenec Melé () and Manuel Guillen

Abstract: The main purpose here is to present an overview of the historical development of strategic management, through a critical review of the most relevant theoretical proposals, and to consider its links to ethics and corporate social responsibilities. From the very beginning of strategic management thought attempts have been made to fuse ethical aspects such as values of senior management or social values or social expectations to strategic management. More recently the stakeholder view of the firm has permitted the introduction of ethical theories into strategic management, and the resources-based view of the firm has lead to the consideration of competences, including moral virtues. Here it is argued that in spite of some advances, the integration of ethics into strategic management is not yet entirely satisfactory. Thus, it is suggested that new directions to focus the integration of ethics and strategic management are necessary.

Keywords: Strategic management; Integrating ethics in management; Business ethics; Corporate social responsibility; (follow links to similar papers)

24 pages, October 15, 2006

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