Corporate Integrity and Accountability

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"Corporate Integrity and Accountability seeks to address questions of corporate integrity as they arise for financial reporting, executive compensation, globalization, and business ethics itself." "The chapters are the product of leading business ethicists - both academic and practitioner - in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in the application of different methodologies, sources, and forms of argument. This gives the reader a sense not only of the complexity of some of the ethical issues business faces, but also the richness of the various resources that are available to address these issues." Corporate Integrity and Accountability is ideally suited as a text for courses in the following: business ethics, corporate social responsibility, current ethical issues in business, and corporate citizenship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761929543
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

George G. Brenkert is Professor of Business Ethics and Director of the Georgetown Business Ethics Institute. He is current Editor-in-Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics, of which he is also a past President.

Since 2000, Professor Brenkert has been Director, Georgetown Business Ethics Institute, and is past President, Society for Business Ethics. Formerly, he was Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee.

He is author of Marx's Ethics of Freedom (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983), and Political Freedom (London: Routledge, 1991). Professor Brenkert's refereed articles have appeared in numerous journals such as: The Journal of Ethics; Business Ethics Quarterly;and Public Affairs Quarterly. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, the International Association for Business and Society, the North American Society for Social Philosophy and the Society for Business Ethics.

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Table of Contents

1 The need for corporate integrity 1
2 Wittgenstein's bedrock : what business ethicists do 15
3 Tylenol revisited : Friedman and the current CSR debate 19
4 The practicality of pluralism : redrawing the simple picture of bipolarism and compliance in business ethics 24
5 Integrity in the private, the public, and the corporate domain 38
6 Why conflicts of interest and abuse of information asymmetry are keys to lack of integrity and what should be done about it 59
7 An ethical framework for auditor independence 72
8 The ethics of financial reporting, the global reporting initiative, and the balanced concept of the firm 87
9 What is a successful company? : a path to understanding accountability 100
10 Small firm accountability and integrity 115
11 The U.S. business scandals : perspectives on ethics and cultures at home and abroad 133
12 Is corruption always corrupt? 148
13 Law, accountability, and globalization 166
14 The next generation of codes of conduct 177
15 Global business ethics and sustainability : a multi-institutional approach 186
16 Principles with process : corporate integrity within a corporate citizenship framework 207
17 CEO compensation : parameters, paradigms, and paradoxes 218
18 Responsible shareholding and investor engagement in the U.K. 238
19 Instilling moral competence in a multinational : a technical issue 253
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