Toward an ethics of inter-organisational collaboration

Winchester, Nik (2016). Toward an ethics of inter-organisational collaboration. In: 30th Annual British Academy of Management Conference 2016 (BAM2016), 06-08 Sep 2016, Newcastle University.


In this paper I offer a conceptual analysis of key themes in the development of an account of ethics adequate to inter-organisational collaboration (IOC). In particular I focus on three conditions that reframe and render problematic standard accounts of business ethics based on the concept of belonging and attendant rights and obligations, namely: the ethical consequences of the blurring of borders as a structural precondition of collaboration; the entanglement of aims and obligations as result of the ambiguity of borders; the problem of exit and coercion within the collaboration form. In concluding I delineate the parameters of and make the case towards an ethics of IOC.

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