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date: 20 November 2019

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Virtuousness represents the best of the human condition or the highest aspirations human beings hold for themselves. In organizations, virtuousness is often manifest in collective displays of moral excellence. It signifies a core concept within positive organizational scholarship (POS), and the legitimacy and credibility of POS is at least partly dependent on whether virtuousness exists in organizations and whether it has pragmatic value. Yet, little agreement characterizes the current literature regarding the definition and relevance of virtuousness, and almost no empirical investigations have been published on virtuousness in organizations. This chapter carefully defines and explains the key attributes of virtuousness in organizations, summarizes the main findings from the few empirical studies that have been conducted, and offers a research agenda to guide future research on virtuousness in the coming years.

Keywords: Virtuousness, virtues, organizational performance, organizational virtuousness, strengths, virtue ethics, moral virtues

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