Practicing Human Dignity: Ethical Lessons from Commedia dell’Arte and Theater

Simone de Colle, R. Edward Freeman, Bidhan Parmar, Leonardo de Colle

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    The paper considers two main cases of how the creative arts can inform a greater appreciation of human dignity. The first case explores a form of theater, Commedia dell’Arte that has deep roots in Italian culture. The second recounts a set of theater exercises done with very minimal direction or self-direction in executive education and MBA courses at the Darden School, University of Virginia, in the United States. In both cases we highlight how the creative arts can be important for promoting human dignity in organizations, and how they can lead to a more authentic conversation about values, ethics, and meaning.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)251-262
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


    • Collaboration
    • Dignity
    • Ethics
    • Theater

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business and International Management
    • General Business, Management and Accounting
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Law


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