Ethical Innovation in Business and the Economy
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Ethical Innovation in Business and the Economy

Edited by Georges Enderle and Patrick E. Murphy

Innovation has become a buzzword that promises dramatic changes in almost every field of business. Absent from this attention is a serious discussion of the ethical sides of dramatic change. To address this, editors Georges Enderle and Patrick E. Murphy gather a team of experts to fully examine the ethics of innovation within business and the economy in this standout addition to the Studies in TransAtlantic Business Ethics series.
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Chapter 6: Drops in the pond: leaders, morality, and imagination

Joanne B. Ciulla


Chapter 6 by Joanne B. Ciulla compares the actions of ethically innovative leaders with drops of water in a pond. They often radiate out like ripples into larger spheres, from the personal, to the organizational, and finally to the systemic level. Recalling key notions in leadership studies such as vision, moral imagination, and both ethics and effectiveness, the chapter applies them to a timely challenge for business leaders, namely to pay their employees’ living wages (with a focus on the fast food and other industries). Ethically innovative leaders can fix this problem if they are willing to make waves by thinking of business as a means of improving the well-being of all stakeholders, including employees.

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