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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 broad emerging socio-economic concerns. We try to show that Aristotles 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 key to achieving excellence. We find that virtue theory can be a useful and practical guide to producing excellence.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 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
Institution Citation 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:
Keywords Aristotle; Balance; Excellence; Meaning; Purpose; Theory of virtue; Business excellence; Socio-economic concerns


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