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Excellence: capturing Aristotelian notions of meaning and purpose.

Anderson, Alistair R.; Crockett, Carter


Alistair R. Anderson

Carter Crockett


In this paper, we argue that conventional models for excellence are too narrow, too internally focused, too instrumental and too functionalist to achieve excellence in dealing with emerging broad socioeconomic concerns. We try to show that Aristotle’s theory of virtue has useful contemporary relevance and can be developed and used to understand a fuller notion of business excellence. We develop a qualitative research instrument to discover and illustrate excellence and to establish its modern nature. Our application of virtue demonstrated that purpose was the key to achieving excellence. We find that the virtue theory can be a useful and practical guide to producing excellence.


ANDERSON, A.R. and CROCKETT, C. 2008. Excellence: capturing Aristotelian notions of meaning and purpose. International journal of business excellence [online], 1(3), pages 262-281. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 21, 2008
Online Publication Date Apr 21, 2008
Publication Date Sep 30, 2008
Deposit Date Sep 25, 2008
Publicly Available Date Sep 25, 2008
Journal International journal of business excellence
Print ISSN 1756-0047
Electronic ISSN 1756-0055
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 3
Pages 262-281
Keywords Aristotle; Balance; Excellence; Meaning; Purpose; Theory of virtue; Business excellence; Socio-economic concerns
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