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As a field of study, business ethics aims to specify the principles under which businesses must operate to behave ethically. Thus business ethics focuses on issues such as those that have recently attracted so much public scrutiny: executive compensation, honesty in accounting, transparency, treatment of stakeholders, and respect for the environment. These are, in fact, perennial questions that accompany the long history of human economic activity and that will also be present through an indeterminate future. The Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society recognizes the inherent unity between business ethics and business and society which stems from their shared primary concern with value in commerce. With more than 900 entries, the five volumes of this ultimate resource span the relationships among business, ethics, and society, with an emphasis on business ethics and the role of business in society. This Encyclopedia features broad coverage of corporate social responsibility, the obligation of businesses to various stakeholder groups, the contribution of business to society and culture, and the relationship of business to the quality of the environment.

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A professor of finance for nearly 30 years, Kolb worked with a team of 30 editors to produce this thoroughly researched set. They drew upon some 300 scholars and business experts from around the world to provide entries on conceptual as well as empirical and practical topics in the field of business ethics (e.g., acid rain, fairness, land ethic, public domain, the Vatican Bank). The nearly 900 entries range in length from 500 to 11,000 words, depending on the complexity of the concept addressed, and all include relevant cross references. The encyclopedia is in standard A-to-Z format and offers a "Reader's Guide" in Volume 1 with a list of entries by theme (e.g., Corporations in the Social Sphere; Employee Issues; Rights) to allow for topical browsing. The set is indexed topically in the final volume, which also lists selected business ethics periodicals in an appendix. BOTTOM LINE This is a more comprehensive and current resource than Blackwell's 1997 Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics . Its crisp and concise entries make it an excellent addition to academic libraries supporting business school programs. [Available electronically through SAGE eReference as well as through Gale Virtual Reference Library.-Ed.]-Samantha Schmehl Hines, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412916523
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/19/2007
  • Edition description: 5 Volume Set
  • Pages: 2592
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 8.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert W. Kolb is Professor of Finance and the Frank W. Considine Chair of Applied Ethics in the business school at Loyola University Chicago. Kolb’s career as a finance professor spans almost three decades and includes appointments at the University of Florida, Emory University, and the University of Miami, where he served as department chair and as the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Finance. Recently he was Professor of Finance and Assistant Dean for Business and Society at the University of Colorado at Boulder. There he led the school’s program in business ethics and business and society.

He has published more than 50 academic research articles and more than 20 books. In 1990, he founded Kolb Publishing Company to publish finance and economics university texts, built the company’s list over the ensuing years, and sold the firm to Blackwell Publishers of Oxford, England, in 1995.

He also recently published the sixth edition of Understanding Futures Markets and the fifth edition of Futures, Options, and Swaps (both with James A. Overdahl). He recently edited three monographs: The Ethics of Executive Compensation, The Ethics of Genetic Commerce, and Corporate Retirement Security: Social and Ethical Issues.

He is the general editor for the five-volume Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. He earned two Ph.D.s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (one in philosophy, in 1974, and the other in finance, in 1978).

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