A quantitative analysis of authors, schools and themes in virtue ethics articles in business ethics and management journals (1980¿2011)
Virtue ethics is generally recognized as one of the three major schools of ethics, but is often waylaid by utilitarianism and deontology in business and management literature. EBSCO and ABI databases were used to look for articles in the Journal of Citation Reports publications between 1980 and 2011 containing the keywords `virtue ethics¿, `virtue theory¿, or `virtuousness¿ in the abstract and `business¿ or `management¿ in the text. The search was refined to draw lists of the most prolific authors, the most cited authors, the most cited articles, and the journals with the most virtue ethics publications. This information allows one to chart how virtue ethics articles have evolved through the decades and to establish `schools¿ or clusters of authors as well as clusters of themes. The results of this quantitative analysis of authors, `schools¿, themes, and publications provide a foundation for the future study of virtue ethics in business and management, identifying its achievements and potentials.