Money or Business? A Case Study of Christian Virtue Ethics in Corporate Work

Scott Waalkes

Business defines itself increasingly as the pursuit of money, but this move into the “iron cage” signals a process of abstraction away from goods internal to business. Scott Waalkes argues that virtues implicit in the Incarnation counter problems in this move by encouraging virtuous Christian businesspeople to work toward the Kingdom of God through attention to embodied work in faith, to just relationships in love, and to humility in hope. A case study of Max DePree, retired CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., fleshes out these claims and the implications of a Christian virtue ethic for business ethics. Mr. Waalkes is Professor of International Politics at Malone College in Canton, OH.

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