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Bringing morality back in: institutional theory and MacIntyre

Moore, G.; Grandy, G.

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G. Grandy


This article sets out to explore the extent to which the moral dimension is an essential component in organizational life. From a theoretical viewpoint, it argues that institutional theory lacks a positive account of the role of morality at the organizational level. We propose that this can be addressed by integrating the work of the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre with institutional theory’s notions of logics, contradictions, and legitimacy. Empirically, we look to a group of Christian churches in the northeast of England to provide insights into practitioners’ concerns with the telos of their organizations and the core practices of their faith, and hence of an essential concern for the morality of organizational life. We conclude that any understanding of practice-based organizations that ignores or underplays the moral dimension will give, at best, a diminished account of organizational life, and hence that institutional theory needs to rethink its neglect of morality.


Moore, G., & Grandy, G. (2017). Bringing morality back in: institutional theory and MacIntyre. Journal of Management Inquiry, 26(2), 146-164.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 20, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2016
Publication Date Apr 1, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 24, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 24, 2016
Journal Journal of Management Inquiry
Print ISSN 1056-4926
Electronic ISSN 1552-6542
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 2
Pages 146-164
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Copyright Statement
Moore, G. and Grandy, G. (2017) 'Bringing morality back in : institutional theory and MacIntyre.', Journal of management inquiry., 26 (2). pp. 146-164. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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