Current Issues In Business Ethics

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Overview

Current Issues in Business Ethics analyzes the questions which underlie business activities, arguing that the prime object for a legitimate business must be sustainability. It also looks at the issues between individuals and business and asks whether businesses can support their employees as an alternative to family and church. Finally it assesses the impact of most recent trends in business looking at:
* the activities of multinational companies
* the changing gender balance
* privatization
* the loss of power of the trade unions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415124508
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/6/1997
  • Series: Professional Ethics Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I Macro issues: the role and legitimacy of business activity 11
1 Business Philosophy: Searching for an Authentic Role 15
2 Whose Business is It Anyway? - The Question of Sustainability 27
3 Corporate Governance and Ethics 39
4 Business and Its Social Responsibility 50
Pt. II Micro issues: the relationship between the individual and the business organisation 61
5 The Business Organisation: A Locus for Meaning and Moral Guidance 65
6 The Psychological Contract: Enacting Ethico-Power 76
7 Acting Professionally: Something that Business Organisations and Individuals Both Desire? 87
8 Codes of Ethics: Some Uses and Abuses 97
9 Whistleblowing and Its Alternatives 107
Pt. III Some current trends and their impact on business ethics 119
10 Business Ethics and the Activities of Multinationals 123
11 Business Ethics and the Changing Gender Balance 134
12 Privatised Ethics: The Case of the Regulated Utilities 153
13 Trade Unions and Ethics: Unions as Agents 170
Select annotated bibliography for further reading 184
Index 198
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