Myth and ethics in business

Aviva Geva

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Business myth is generally treated in business ethics literature as a mental obstacle that must be removed in order to prepare the ground for rational thinking on the ethical aspect of business conduct. This approach, which focuses on the content of myth, does not explicate the nature and function of myth. Based on the study of myth in the fields of humanities and social sciences, this paper develops a theoretical framework and analytical tool - the revolving-door model - for researching myth in business. The proposed framework (1) offers new perspectives on myth: the consumer's, the producer's, the mythologist's, and the ethicist's; (2) explicates various distortion mechanisms of the myth; and (3) enables a redefinition of the relation of business myth to business ethics. The applicability of this framework is demonstrated by means of a real case which sets the stage for examining a set of common myths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-597
Number of pages23
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2001


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