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Journal of Business Ethics
This article draws upon 100 years of writings which are referred to as the Catholic Social Tradition (CST). Using this tradition as a guide, the nature of work is explored along with the principles and virtues which vitalize the deepest dimension of work — how it affects the dignity of the human person. It develops five operational ethical principles which can be applied to questions of workplace ethics. Organizational policies and programs that seem consistent with CST are also discussed.
Michael Naughton is Assistant Professor of Management and Theology at the University of St. Thomas (MN). Dr. Naughton's major research interest involves examining the influence and application of religious values on employees and the workplace environment.
Gene R. Laczniak is Professor of Business in the Department of Marketing at Marquette University. His primary research interests focus on the social influence of business activities on society as well as marketing strategy.