Justice is often defined as a process of treating others as they deserve. The word justice is notably absent from the ethics codes of the International Association of Business Communicators and similar organizations. A review of Western philosophy and rhetoric, however, suggests that a quest for justice is inherent in the formation of corporations and can powerfully affect corporate reputation. This entry covers transactional justice, its origins in human self-interest, and its role in building corporate reputation.

Transactional Justice

Philosophers from Aristotle to the postmodernists have noted the variety of definitions for justice, ranging from concepts that address social inequalities to enactments of retribution and more. Among the plethora of definitions, the concept of transactional justice would seem most appropriate for the functions of corporations. Transactional justice ...

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