Class 10: Business Ethics and Quantification: Towards an ethics of numbers

Provided by: Gazi Islam, Grenoble Ecole de Management

Major Topics: The relation between datafication and quantification, why quantification is important, ethical concerns of various modes of quantification.



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Core reading:

Espeland, W. N., & Stevens, M. L. (2008). A sociology of quantification. Archives Europeennes de Sociologie49(3), 401–436.

Islam, G. (2021). Business ethics and quantification: Towards an ethics of numbers. Journal of Business Ethics

Post-Lecture Assignment

After watching the video, please think of two real-world examples in which creating numerical data involves ethically sensitive consideration. Describe each example and the main ethical issues involved. Finally, propose, for each example, one way in which quantification could be handled in an ethically or socially responsible way (500-700 words).