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ETHICS ON THE JOB guides the reader through a step-by-step analysis to help them make good decisions in the face of ethical conflict. With the RESOLVEDD strategy, the authors have devised a powerful system for ethical decision-making in the workplace, which they teach students to implement through timely case studies and detailed analyses. Students develop a working grasp of important philosophical principles and their application in ethical conflicts, and learn to apply the RESOLVEDD strategy to ethical issues in their own lives. A classic text in ethical decision-making, ETHICS ON THE JOB is widely used in business ethics classes and corporate training programs across the country.

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"The authors' pedagogical and methodological approach is very fresh, original, and highly effective. This is one textbook that transforms ethics from a complex branch of philosophy into a digestible, interesting, useful subject that holds practical value for the business student."

"This text is a wonderful primer for undergraduate students on how to approach and reason through moral dilemmas in a clear, organized, and comprehensive fashion."

Guides readers through analysis of 45 ethical cases commonly encountered in the workplace. This second edition offers many new cases addressing problems such as office gossip, nepotism, union negotiations, sexual harassment, and environmental conflicts. Also new is a section on the ethics of capitalism, offering insight into the market, its reliance on trust, and truth and competition. Lacks a subject index. The authors are affiliated with Delta College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133934875
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,265,122
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Pfeiffer received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, and an A.B. from Kenyon College. An islander at heart, especially at home on and in the water, he is currently Professor of Philosophy Emeritus from Delta College. He is a U.S. editor of PHILOSOPHY NOW, an editor of TEACHING PHILOSOPHY, and the author of WHY BLAME THE ORGANIZATION? and nearly two dozen scholarly articles on applied ethics and ethical theory. He has made numerous conference presentations and taught workshops in ethical decision-making and the philosophy of scientific research to corporate and educational professionals.

Ralph Forsberg received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago, an M.A. in Philosophy from Roosevelt University of Chicago, and a B.S. in psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He has previously taught at Loyola University, Harper College, Ripon College, and, for 22 years, Delta College, from which he retired in 2010. He is the author of THOMAS HOBBES' THEORY OF OBLIGATION: A MODERN INTERPRETATION and ETHICAL DECISIONMAKING IN HEALTHCARE (also with Raymond Pfeiffer). He has published and presented over 60 papers and workshops on a wide variety of topics in philosophy, ethics, teaching, and applied ethics. His areas of interest include business and medical ethics, classical modern philosophy, and non-Western philosophy.

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Table of Contents

1. ETHICS AND ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING. What You Will Learn in This Chapter. A Personal Ethical Problem: The Case of The Not So Great Gatsby. Ethics, Judgments, Principles and Values. An Ethical Point of View: The Principle of Equal Consideration of Interests. Conflicting Goals. Ethical Justification. Ethical Values: Justifiable Exceptions. Why Should I Act Ethically? The Context of Ethical Decision-Making in Business: Elements of a Capitalist System. Key Terms. Exercise. 2. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES. What You Learn in This Chapter. The Importance of Ethical Principles. Some Ethical Rules. Rights and Duties. Some Important Ethical Rights. Codes of Ethics and Professionalism. Justice. Self-interest. Network of Value. Key Terms. Exercise. 3. THE RESOLVEDD STRATEGY OF ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING. What You Will Learn in This Chapter. Introduction. An Overview of the RESOLVEDD Strategy. Applying the RESOLVEDD Strategy to the Case of "The Not So Great Gatsby". Unknown Facts. Lacking Time. A Checklist. Key Terms. Exercise. 4. DETAILS OF THE STRATEGY. What You Will Learn in This Chapter. When Is an Ethical Principle Upheld By a Given Solution? A Solution Can Uphold and Violate the Same Ethical Principle. Who Should I Consider When Doing the O and L Stages? Understanding Evaluation. Avoiding Moral Arithmetic: Ethics is Qualitative. Moral and Other Ideals Are Rarely Helpful. Conscience and Intuitions. Defending Your Decision Against Remaining Objections. Evaluation is Essential, with an Exercise. Tips and Reminders for Writing a Case Analysis. Key Terms. Exercise. 5. TWO ANALYSES OF PERSONAL ETHICAL CONFLICTS. What You Will Learn in This Chapter. Must a Reporter Be a Ghoul? An Analysis of "Must a Reporter Be a Ghoul?". Sin of Omission. An Analysis of "Sin of Omission". Exercise. 6. PERSONAL ETHICAL PROBLEMS FOR ANALYSIS. Not Fired? No Benefits for You. It's Not My Union. Reporting a Professional Irregularity. Too Late to Transfer? Report Welfare Cheaters? Buying a Car for Less? The Price of Honesty. Promote an Evil Employee? Spies on Our Team? Spying the Spies. A Martini for Rossi. To Reward or Retire? Embezzler!. Loyalty to the Company or the Claimants? Lose it or Move it. Mega Bucks from Micromax. Affirmative Action and Promotion Policies. A Damaging Ad or an Effective Message? Is This Doctor Sick? Worth the Effort? Is Nothing Private? Your Boss's Personal Expectations. Profit and Pornography. Employment at Will, YesBut Is It Fair? Padding or Profit. Language Police in the Workplace? An Offer to Spy. Blow the Whistle or Breathe Insulation? Repair Quotas. Piece Work or Peace? Personal Beliefs, Public Policy. Vigilant or Vigilante? Coffee, Tea, or the Sale? Office Gossip. U Tube, No Tube, or Me, Too? An Ethical Survey. Drug Tests as Preventive Maintenance. Buying Stock and Selling One's Soul. Toys May Not Be Us. Too Personal to Ask? Promote the Business or the Environment? Double Bad Luck. Anti-Nepotism Policies Abroad. Fair Pricing? Friends, Family or Profit?

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