Business Ethics: A Textbook with Cases / Edition 8

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BUSINESS ETHICS, Eighth Edition guides you through the process of thinking deeply about important moral issues that frequently arise in business situations, and also helps you develop the reasoning and analytical skills to resolve those issues if and when you might face them. Combining insightful and accessible textbook chapters by the author with cases that highlight the real-world importance of key ethical concepts, this book provides a comprehensive, flexible, and pedagogically proven course of study that explores the intersections of commerce and ethics. Shaw's uniquely thorough and practical guide brings clarity to such critical topics as the nature of morality, individual integrity and responsibility, economic justice, concepts of capitalism, and the role of corporations in our society (including their responsibilities to consumers and to the environment), and real-life moral issues that arise in the workplace. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections

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"Thorough, sophisticated, up-to-date."

"A clear, comprehensive text book that students can understand even at the undergraduate level."

"Outstanding approach to traditional case study perspective on ethics."

"I see this textbook as the standard for the industry. A comprehensive textbook that can be used in many ways for various pedagogical purposes."

"[The book] an effective treatment of the major moral principles in ethics."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133943075
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 187,682
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The author and editor of numerous books and articles in the areas of ethics and social and political philosophy, William H. Shaw obtained a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the London School of Economics and teaches philosophy at San Jose State University, where he served as chair of the department for eleven years. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Hong Kong, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He has two other books with Cengage Learning, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ETHICS and (with Vincent Barry) BUSINESS ETHICS.

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Table of Contents

Preface. PART I: MORAL PHILOSOPHY AND BUSINESS. 1. The Nature of Morality. Ethics. Moral versus Nonmoral Standards. Religion and Morality. Ethical Relativism. Having Moral Principles. Morality and Personal Values. Individual Integrity and Responsibility. Moral Reasoning. Study Corner. Case 1.1: Made in the U.S.A.—Dumped in Brazil, Africa, Iraq. Case 1.2: Just Drop off the Key, Lee. Case 1.3: The A7D Affair. 2. Normative Theories in Ethics. Consequentialist and Nonconsequentialist Theories. Egoism. Utilitarianism. Kant's Ethics. Other Nonconsequentialist Perspectives. Utilitarianism Once More. Moral Decision Making: A Practical Approach. Study Corner. Case 2.1: Hacking into Harvard. Case 2.2: The Ford Pinto. Case 2.3: Blood for Sale. 3. Justice and Economic Distribution. The Nature of Justice. The Utilitarian View. The Libertarian Approach. Rawls's Theory of Justice. Study Corner. Case 3.1: Eminent Domain. Case 3.2: Battling over Bottled Water. Case 3.3: Poverty in America. PART II: AMERICAN BUSINESS AND ITS BASIS. 4. The Nature of Capitalism. Capitalism. Key Features of Capitalism. Two Arguments for Capitalism. Criticisms of Capitalism. Today's Economic Challenges. Study Corner. Case 4.1: Hucksters in the Classroom. Case 4.2: Licensing and Laissez Faire. Case 4.3: One Nation under Wal-Mart. Case 4.4: A New Work Ethic? Case 4.5: Casino Gambling on Wall Street. 5. Corporations. The Limited-Liability Company. Corporate Moral Agency. Rival Views of Corporate Responsibility. Debating Corporate Responsibility. Institutionalizing Ethics within Corporations. Study Corner. Case 5.1: Yahoo in China. Case 5.2: Drug Dilemmas. Case 5.3: Levi Strauss at Home and Abroad. Case 5.4: Free Speech or False Advertising?. Case 5.5: Charity to Scouts? PART III: BUSINESS AND SOCIETY. 6. Consumers. Product Safety. Other Areas of Business Responsibility. Deception and Unfairness in Advertising. The Debate over Advertising. Study Corner. Case 6.1: Breast Implants. Case 6.2: Hot Coffee at McDonald's. Case 6.3: Sniffing Glue Could Snuff Profits. Case 6.4: Closing the Deal. Case 6.5: The Rise and Fall of Four Loko. 7. The Environment. Business and Ecology. The Ethics of Environmental Protection. Achieving Our Environmental Goals. Delving Deeper into Environmental Ethics. Study Corner. Case 7.1: Hazardous Homes in Herculaneum. Case 7.2: Poverty and Pollution. Case 7.3: The Fordasaurus. Case 7.4: The Fight over the Redwoods. Case 7.5: Palm Oil and Its Problems. PART IV: THE ORGANIZATION AND THE PEOPLE IN IT. 8. The Workplace (1): Basic Issues. Civil Liberties in the Workplace. Hiring. Promotions. Discipline and Discharge. Wages. Labor Unions. Study Corner. Case 8.1: AIDS in the Workplace. Case 8.2: Web Porn at Work. Case 8.3: Speaking Out about Malt. Case 8.4: Have Gun, Will Travel... to Work. Case 8.5: Union Discrimination. 9. The Workplace (2): Today's Challenges. Organizational Influence in Private Lives. Obtaining Information. Working Conditions. Redesigning Work. Study Corner. Case 9.1: Unprofessional Conduct?. Case 9.2: Testing for Honesty. Case 9.3: She Snoops to Conquer. Case 9.4: Protecting the Unborn at Work. Case 9.5: Swedish Daddies. 10. Moral Choices Facing Employees. Obligations to the Firm. Abuse of Official Position. Bribes and Kickbacks. Gifts and Entertainment. Conflicting Obligations. Whistle-Blowing. Self-Interest and Moral Obligation. Study Corner. Case 10.1: Changing Jobs and Changing Loyalties. Case 10.2: Conflicting Perspectives on Conflicts of Interest. Case 10.3: Inside Traders or Astute Observers? Case 10.4: The Housing Allowance. Case 10.5: Ethically Dubious Conduct. 11. Job Discrimination. The Meaning of Job Discrimination. Evidence of Discrimination. Affirmative Action: The Legal Context. Affirmative Action: The Moral Issues. Comparable Worth. Sexual Harassment. Study Corner. Case 11.1: Minority Set-Asides. Case 11.2: Hoop Dreams. Case 11.3: Raising the Ante.. Case 11.4: Consenting to Sexual Harassment. Case 11.5: Facial Discrimination. Suggestions for Further Reading. Notes. Index.

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