"Shorting Ethos" - Exploring the Relationship Between Aristotle’s Ethos and Reputation Management
While Aristotle’s ideas in the area of virtue ethics are considered to be among the most prominent in the field, less attention has been given to one of his most crucial and significant texts, On Rhetoric, and the role that virtue plays in reputation management. This article explores the role that virtue plays in moral character, or ethos, which is a critical component of persuasion according to Aristotle. It then identifies how persuasion is critical to reputation repair according to current reputation management theory, and demonstrates how Aristotle’s theories on virtue and ethos underpin many substantive and procedural recommendations for corporate reputation management. We therefore argue in this paper that being ‘short’ on ethos can not only lead to an ethical crisis and reputational damage, it can have a material impact on a corporation’s ability to be effective in recovering from reputational damage.
Corporate Reputation Review
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