Values and virtues in organizations

By: Charles Manz, Kim S. Cameron, Karen Manz, Robert Marx

Manz, M., Cameron, K.S., Manz, K., & Marx, R. (2006). Values and virtues in organizations. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 3, 1-12.


This special issue focuses on virtues in organizations, even though the concept of virtues is more at home in philosophy, religion, and social services than in the for-profit world of business. Much attention has been paid to values in organizations, of course, but the definition and roles played by virtues in organizations differs substantially from values. We briefly discuss the concept of values in organizations and differentiate it from the concept of virtues with which it is sometimes confused. This will serve as a backdrop to the contributions made by the articles in this special issue.