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An Introduction to Business Ethics explores the issues of individual and corporate responsibility in business, and integrates many contemporary and classic readings with the text. The book has a cross-cultural approach and case studies are used throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780412460807
  • Publisher: Chapman & Hall
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600

Meet the Author

George Chryssides is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He has published extensively in a variety of journals and is the author of three books.

John Kaler is Senior Lecturer in Social Philosophy and Jurisprudence at the Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth. He taught previously at the University of California.

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Table of Contents

1 Setting the scene 1
2 Business ethics: its scope and purpose 11
Moral issues in business 37
The ethical side of enterprise 50
The wealth of nations 63
Why 'good' managers make bad ethical choices 66
Case study: Ethically active business: the work of business in the community 76
3 Ethical theory 79
Cognitivism and non-cognitivism 80
Religious morality 84
Consequentialism versus non-consequentialism 88
Utilitarianism: an ethic of welfare 91
Kantianism: an ethic of duty 97
Natural law: an ethic of rights 101
Applying ethical theories 103
Is business bluffing ethical? 108
Does it pay to bluff in business? 118
Rule utilitarianism, equality and justice 125
Virtues and business ethics 136
Case study: Assessing the ethics of business: the new consumer survey 143
4 Capitalism, markets and justice 147
What is capitalism? 148
Markets, social markets and market socialism 156
Is capitalism just? 167
From unjust markets to just distribution 187
Can socialism change its spots? 193
The capitalist system and the worker: Analysis and summary of the encyclicals 197
Anarchy, state and utopia 209
A theory of justice 213
Case study: Employee capitalism: the story of NFC 221
5 Corporations and responsibility 225
The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits 249
A stakeholder theory of the modern corporation: Kantian capitalism 254
Can a corporation have a conscience? 266
Corporate moral agency: the case for anthropological bigotry 279
Case study: Making the punishment fit the crime: the Zeebrugge disaster 287
6 The work place: employment 291
The just wage 307
An employee bill of rights 310
Is an employee bill of rights needed? 318
The right to work: law and ideology 322
'Because you are a woman' 326
Sexual justice 336
Case study: Opportunity 2000 343
7 Accounting and investment 347
Creative accounting 360
ED42 - the end of creative accounting? 368
Accountability and acquisitions 373
The relevance of ethics: a practical problem analysed 377
Ethics in auditing 382
Auditor independence: a real issue? 385
Case study: Polly Peck 400
8 Reaching the markets 403
The hidden persuaders 414
Advertising in Britain 417
The affluent society 423
The non sequitur of the 'dependence effect' 432
Advertising as communication 435
Herself reappraised 438
Speaking up for advertising 442
Case study: Cigarette advertising 450
9 The greening of business 453
The carrying capacity of our global environment - a look at the ethical alternatives 464
Buddhist economics 477
A bill of goods? Green consuming in perspective 483
Is the end of the world at hand? 487
Environmental problems in our daily lives 498
Case study: The Body Shop 503
10 Ethics and international business 507
Kant's 'kingdom of ends' 511
Other possible approaches 513
Some words of advice 517
Managerial thinking: an international study 521
Managers and their value systems 532
In the market place 544
Towards an interest-free Islamic economic system 549
This confused society 553
The art of Japanese management 563
Case study: City of Joy 566
Further reading 570
Index 576
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