Ethical Issues in Business: Inquiry, Cases and Readings / Edition 1

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The core of this text comprises chapters on all the key issues of business in Canada today. Each chapter includes a hypothetical case study and an introduction highlighting key ethical points; two academic essays; and a real-life case study. Questions for discussion accompany the essays and case studies. The Author has also included a general introduction to ethical issues and an overview of ethical theory; a section on institutionalizing ethics (discussing ethics officers/programs/codes etc.); and appendices providing excerpts from important classic contributions to ethical theory and from relevant Canadian law.

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Paul Viminitz University of Lethbridge
"Ethical Issues in Business is a comprehensive package of articles, cases, and background discussion that provides an outstanding introduction to the subject for Canadian students. The text breathes fresh air into the study of business ethics; Tittle's breezy, user-friendly style puts the lie to the impression that a business ethics text has to be boring."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551112572
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Peg Tittle is a Professor of Philosophy at Nipissing University in Ontario.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Note to Reader
Section I - Introduction to Ethics in Business
Making Ethical Decisions
The Role of Ethics in Business
A Few Words about Terminology
How to Think about Ethics
How to Discuss Ethics
Closing Comments
References and Further Reading
Section II - Introduction to Ethical Theory
Introductory Note
Kantian Ethics
Virtue Ethics
Feminist Ethics
Naturalistic Theories
Rights Theories
Justice Theories
Closing Note
References and Further Reading
Section III - Ethical Issues in Business
Introductory Note
Chapter 1 – Whistleblowing
What to Do? - Rivertree’s Grocery
Whistleblowing and Professional Responsibility - Sissela Bok
Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty - Ronald Duska
Case Study - Dr. Olivieri vs. Apotex
Chapter 2 – Advertising
What to Do? - AdNet
The Inconclusive Ethical Case Against Manipulative Advertising - Michael J. Phillips
The AIDS Crisis: Unethical Marketing Leads to Negligent Homicide - Franklin B. Krohn and Laura M. Milner
Case Study - Youth News Network (YNN)
Chapter 3 - Product Safety
What to Do? - Back to Basics
On the Ethics of the Use of Animals in Science - Dale Jamieson and Tom Regan
Nuclear Power—Some Ethical and Social Dimensions - Richard and Val Routly
Case Study - DINP in PVC Teethers
Chapter 4 - Employee Rights
What to Do? - Caregivers’ Overload
Ethical Outsourcing in UK Financial Services: Employee Rights - Mike J. Henderson
The Discourse of Control - Stephen Maguire
Case Study - The Westray Mine Disaster
Chapter 5 - Discrimination
What to Do? - Woodworking at the Education Centre
Affirmative Action and Employment Equity in Canada - Susan Dimock and Christopher Tucker
Is Mandatory Retirement Unfair Age Discrimination? - Gary A. Wedeking
Case Study - Safeway’s Jewelry Policy
Chapter 6 - Management/Union Matters
What to Do? - The Grievance
Public Employees’ Right to Strike - Mary Gibson
Ethics in Negotiation: Oil and Water or Good Lubrication? - H. Joseph Reitz, James A. Wall Jr., and Mary Sue Love
Case Study - The McDonald’s Union
Chapter 7 - Profit
What to Do? - No Limits, Ltd.
Economic Efficiency and the Quality of Life - Rockney Jacobsen
Are Profits Deserved? - Grant A. Brown
Case Study - Tembec: Losses to Profits
Chapter 8 - Canadian Issues
What to Do? - Canadian Natural Resources, Inc.
Sustainability and Historical Injustice: Lessons from the Moose River Basin - Wesley Cragg and Mark Schwartz
Business Ethics and National Identity in Quebec: Distinctiveness and Directions - Jean Pasquero
Case Study - Hockey: A Disappearing Canadian Cultural Icon
Chapter 9 - International Business
What to Do? - The Processing Fee
Ethics and Multinational Corporation vis-à-vis Developing Nations - James R. Simpson
Business Ethics and the International Trade in Hazardous Wastes - Jang B. Singh and V.C. Lakhan
Case Study - Microcredit: The Case of Calmeadow
Chapter 10 - Business and the Environment
What to Do? - Surprise Toxins
Corporate Responsibility - Wayne Stewart and Peter Dickey
If a Tree Falls... - John Palmer, Eugene Tan, and Kent A. Peacock
Case Study - Ballard Power Systems: Zero Emission Vehicles
Chapter 11 - The Medical Business
What to Do? - The Fetal Tissue Transplant Business
Ethics, Pricing and the Pharmaceutical Industry - Richard A. Spinello
The Morality of Human Gene Patents - David B. Resnik
Case Study - The St. Michael’s-Wellesley Hospital Merger
Chapter 12 - Ethical Investing
What to Do? - Put Your Money Where Your Morals Are!
The Ethics of Investing - William B. Irvine
Capitalist Crunch - Anders Hayden
Case Study - Investing in China
Section IV - Institutionalizing Ethics
Introductory Note
Ethics Offices / Officers / Committees
Ethics Programs
Codes of Ethics
Ethics Consultants
Ethics Audits
Closing Note
Appendix: I - Excerpts from ‘The Originals’ (Ethical Theories)
Appendix II – Relevant Canadian Law and Landmark Cases
Notes on the Contributors

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