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Responsible Business Seminar: Ethics, Meaningfulness and Mutuality

Northumbria University


Ethics, Meaningfulness and Mutuality

Refreshments will be available from 16:30 and the lecture will take place at 17:00 in lecture theatre 401.

Dr Ruth Yeoman, Oxford University

To address the sustainability imperative, private, public, and civic organisations must progress models of organising that are grounded in human values, and responsive to complex system-level challenges involving multiple stakeholders.

In Ethics, Meaningfulness, and Mutuality, Dr Yeoman proposes a philosophy of ethical organising that harnesses the neglected values of meaningfulness and mutuality to the creation of life value organisations. Within a philosophy of ethical organising, mutuality permits an examination of the unavoidable relational nature of collective action, whereas meaningfulness addresses fundamental human concerns for significance and leading a life we have reason to value. Dr Yeoman seeks to show how meaningfulness and mutuality provide normative tools for establishing life value organisations as collective moral agents, where members are equipped with a human capability for ethical world-building. This philosophy of ethical organising brings a critical perspective to organisational practices that are not only instrumentally beneficial for addressing wicked problems, but are normatively desirable for human flourishing.

About the Speaker

Ruth Yeoman is a Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, where she researches meaningful work and mutual organisations. With Palgrave Macmillan, she published Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy: a philosophy of work and a politics of meaningfulness. She is lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work. With Professor Colin Mayer, she established the ‘Mutuality in Business’ programme, funded by Mars Inc. For the Big Innovation Centre, she led a collaboration including the Bank of England and the Office of National Statistics investigating the role of intangible assets in national wealth creation. Currently, she is developing the concept of the Meaningful City with Hermes Investment Management. She has been a member of the HM Treasury Council of Economic Advisers and of the Fabian Society’s Changing Work Centre. Her new book, Ethics, Meaningfulness, and Mutuality, is published in the Routledge Studies in Business Ethics. 

As a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), the Faculty of Business and Law is committed to promoting responsibility in our teaching, consulting and research. The Risk, Responsibility, Ethics and Governance research cluster brings together over ninety scholars and research students who aim to develop insightful, novel, and useful research.

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Northumbria University
City Campus East
Business and Law Building, Room 401
Newcastle upon Tyne


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