I examine in this paper deification and demonisation - the social attribution of absolute 'Good' and 'Evil' to individuals or individual entities. Specifically, I unpack ways that evilness and goodness have become personified in the figure of the chief executive officer in contemporary, particularly US, business culture. Showing both the readily accessible and widely used nature of these religious tropes, I nevertheless argue that both deification and demonisation have ethically and politically disempowering effects for organisational members, the wider citizenry, and for critique within the field of business ethics.
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2012|