A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Commons organizing: Embedding common good and institutions for collective actions. Insights from Ethics and Economics

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Albareda Laura, Sison Alejo Jose G.
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Journal of Business Ethics
ISSN: 0167-4544
eISSN: 1573-0697
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


In recent years, business ethics and economic scholars have been paying greater attention to the development of commons organizing. The latter refers to the processes by which communities of people work in common in the pursuit of the common good. In turn, this promotes commons organizational designs based on collective forms of common goods production, distribution, management and ownership. In this paper, we build on two main literature streams: (1) the ethical approach based on the theory of the common good of the firm in virtue ethics and (2) the economic approach based on the theory of institutions for collective action developed by Ostrom’s research on common-pool resources to avert the tragedy of the commons. The latter expands to include the novel concepts of new commons, “commoning” and polycentric governance. Drawing on the analysis of what is new in these forms of organizing, we propose a comprehensive model, highlighting the integration of two sets of organizing principles—common good and collective action – and five problem-solving processes to explain the main dimensions of commons organizing. We contribute to business ethics literature by exploring the convergence between the ethical and economic approaches in the development of a commons organizing view.

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