Social situational business ethics framing for engaging with ethics issues

Simona Giorgi, Richard P. Nielsen

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This article considers the problem of how employees and observers of business ethics behaviors often do not know how to safely and effectively engage with business ethics issues and cases. The ameliorative method of social situational business ethics framing was analyzed. Key parts of the related literature from philosophy, sociology, organizational studies, and business ethics are reviewed. A literature gap between general framing theory and business ethics was identified with respect to the need for social situational framing in business ethics at the micro individual, meso organizational, and macro institutional levels. Theoretical propositions for bridging the literature gap and a wide variety of business ethics engagement case examples are developed as illustrations of and support for the propositions. Practical social situational business ethics framing implications for safe and effective business ethics engagement are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-42
Number of pages42
JournalBusiness and Professional Ethics Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Business ethics
  • Framing
  • Resonance
  • Social situation
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Philosophy
  • Economics and Econometrics


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