Can a Corporation Have a Conscience?

TitleCan a Corporation Have a Conscience?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsGoodpaster, K. E., and Matthews, J. B.
JournalHarvard Business Review
Date Published01/1982
Keywordscorporate accountability, corporate responsibility, moral imperialism

In their Harvard Business Review article from 1982, Kenneth E. Goodpaster and John B. Mathews, Jr. ask a significant question which also serves as the title of the piece: Can a Corporation Have a Conscience? . The men let the cat out of the bag early when they say, “Organizational agents such as corporations should be no more and no less morally responsible (rational, self-interested, altruistic) than ordinary persons.”