Ethical Issues In Business: A Philosophical Approach / Edition 6

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Ranging from classics in philosophy to moral theory, economics, and modern commentaries by business executives, Ethical Issues in Business focuses on the theoretical perspectives that form the foundation for the study of business ethics. Revised and updated, Ethical Issues in Business, Sixth Edition, tackles important and current issues, including ethics in international business; sexual harassment; whistle blowing; job security; product safety; environmental concerns, corporate strategy, and new management challenges; and more.
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New edition of a text that presents 59 contributions--some case studies and some theoretical articles--on business ethics. The contributions cover issues such as truth telling, virtues and the virtuous manager, traditional and modern views of property and profit, employee rights and responsibilities, diversity, ethical relativism, marketing, strategy, and the environment. Intended for corporate ethics officers and other managers. No subject index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132906289
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/23/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 611
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning 1
Does Business Ethics Make Economic Sense? 12
Pt. 1 General Issues in Ethics
Truth Telling 25
Case Study: Italian Tax Mores 25
Ethical Duties Towards Others: "Truthfulness" 27
Is Business Bluffing Ethical? 33
Business Ethics and Politics 39
Promoting Honesty in Negotiation: An Exercise in Practical Ethics 43
Virtues and the Virtuous Manager 63
Case Study: Run, Inc. 63
Corporate Roles, Personal Virtues: An Aristotelean Approach to Business Ethics 81
Moral Mazes: Bureaucracy and Managerial Work 93
Pt. 2 Property, Profit, and Justice
Traditional Theories of Property and Profit 119
Case Study: Plasma International 119
Case Study: Dorrence Corporation Trade-offs 120
The Justification of Private Property 128
Alienated Labour 133
Benefits of the Profit Motive 138
Wealth 142
Property and Profit: Modern Discussions 148
Case Study: Merck & Co., Inc. 148
The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits 154
Can Socially Responsible Firms Survive in a Competitive Environment? 159
The Moral Muteness of Managers 175
Justice 189
Case Study: The Oil Rig 189
Distributive Justice 190
The Entitlement Theory 200
Complex Equality 207
Pt. 3 Corporations, Persons, and Morality
The Moral Responsibility of Corporations 234
Case Study: H. B. Fuller in Honduras 234
Stakeholder Theory of the Modern Corporation 247
Business Ethics and Stakeholder Analysis 257
The "New" U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines: A Wake-Up Call for Corporate America 271
The Parable of the Sadhu 278
Employee Rights and Responsibilities 285
Case Study: The Aircraft Brake Scandal 285
Whistleblowing and Professional Responsibility 297
Employment at Will and Due Process 304
In Defense of the Contract at Will 314
Employability Security 323
Diversity 325
Case Study: Ellen Moore (A): Living and Working in Bahrain 325
Case Study: Is This the Right Time to Come Out? 338
Management Women and the New Facts of Life 340
White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies 351
Sexual Harassment 360
Pt. 4 International Business
Ethical Relativism 377
Case Study: What Price Safety? 377
Relativism, Cultural and Moral 380
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights 385
Business Values away from Home 389
Case Study: Just When Is a "Tip" ONLY Another Means to Insure Promptness? 389
Case Study: Levi Strauss & Co.: Global Sourcing 392
International Business Ethics and Incipient Capitalism: A Double Standard? 418
Values in Tension: Ethics away from Home 431
Pt. 5 Contemporary Business Themes
Marketing 446
Case Study: Joe Camel: The Cartoon Character Who Sells Cigarettes 446
Persuasive Advertising, Autonomy, and the Creation of Desire 448
Ethical Myopia: The Case of "Framing" by Framing 456
Marketing to Inner-City Blacks: PowerMaster and Moral Responsibility 466
Strategy 479
Case Study: Sears Auto Centers 479
The Leader's New Work: Building Learning Organizations 497
The Many Faces of the Corporate Code 519
Managing for Organizational Integrity 526
The Environment 539
Case Study: Shell and Nigerian Oil 539
Scarcity or Abundance? 565
Holes in the Cornucopia 574
Integrating the Environment into Business Planning 592
Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique 595
Biographical Information 603
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