Business Ethics as an Ethical Self-Promotion? How Advertising Executives Promote their Activity

Léa Porée

Abstract


In this paper, I suggest that we untangle the business ethics of a French advertising agency as a social critique of the advertising field. I attempt to analyse the display and promotion of values used in order to enhance the agency’s activity. Is the agency’s business ethics simply a form of commodification and a marketing strategy? Or is it an attempt to introduce morality into a business that is supposedly not moral? I also intend to highlight the way that employees understand and negotiate this entrepreneurial discourse. Ethics has multiple purposes: it is a communication tool that promotes the agency itself, and it serves as a guarantee for good advertising practice. The study of business ethics in the agency emphasizes how the firm reconciles its entrepreneurial logic with the moral values it claims.

Keywords


France; Advertising agency; Self-promotion; Commodification; Business ethics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22439/jba.v2i1.5008



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