The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics

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Business ethics raises many important philosophical issues. A first set of issues concerns the methodology of business ethics. What is the role of ethical theory in business ethics? To what extent, if at all, can thinking in business ethics be enhanced by philosophy, so as to provide real moral guidance? Another set of issues involves questions regarding markets, capitalism, and economic justice. There are related concerns about the nature of business organizations and the responsibilities they have to their members, owners, and society.

The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics is a comprehensive treatment of the field of business ethics as seen from a philosophical approach. The volume consists of 24 essays that survey the field of business ethics in a broad and accessible manner, covering all major topics about the relationship between ethical theory and business ethics. The chapters are written by accomplished philosophers who offer a systematic interpretation of their topics and discuss various moral controversies and dilemmas that plague business relationships and government-business relationships. Readers are thus presented with the major views that define the topic of the essay with critical discussions of those views, as well as topical bibliographies that identify key works in the field. In addition to philosophers who work in this area, the volume will be of interest to those in business and society seeking an up-to-date resource on this vital field.

"This book is intended to provide an overview of the state of the field of philosophical business ethics. And Brenkert and Beauchamp are to be commended for having put together a collection of contributors and topics that is well-suited for this goal. The contributors are all first-rate scholars who have made important contributions to business ethics or cognate fields. They are also admirably diverse in age, ideology, and methodological approach, thus providing readers with a good glimpse into the wide range of scholarship that characterizes the field. The book will obviously be of interest to those for whom philosophical business ethics is a main area of interest. But the entries are clear and accessible enough to make the book of special value to at least two other groups: those whose approach to business ethics is not primarily philosophical will find here a useful 'crash course' in an alternative methodological approach to their own subject, and those philosophers who are not primarily interested in business ethics will be treated to a volume that makes clear the connection between business ethics and more standard philosophical subjects, and that will almost certainly provide them with new ways of thinking about both business ethics and other topics in value theory and political philosophy that are connected with business ethics in ways they might not have previously recognized. The selection of topics is also admirably comprehensive."—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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"This hefty volume is indexed and thoroughly referenced and will be a valuable reference resource for any academic library that supports programs in philosophy, leadership, or business. Highly recommended." —CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199916221
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 746
  • Sales rank: 1,293,285
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

George G. Brenkert is Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Tom L. Beauchamp is Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

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Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Philosophical Issues
1. The Methods of Business Ethics, Ronald M. Green and Aine Donovan
2. The Place of Ethical Theory in Business Ethics, Robert Audi

Part II: Competitive Markets and Corporate Responsibility
3. The Ideal and Ideal of Capitalism, Gerald Gaus
4. The Public Authority of the Managers of Private Organizations, Christopher McMahon
5. Corporate Responsibility and its Constituents, Kenneth E. Goodpaster

Part III: Economic Justice and Consumer Rights
6. Executive Compensation: Unjust or Just Right?, John R. Boatright
7. Just Access to Health Care and Pharmaceuticals, Paul T. Menzel

Part IV: Universal Norms and the Relativity of Moral Judgments
8. Relativism, Multiculturalism, and Universal Norms: Their Role in Business Ethics, Tom L. Beauchamp
9. Business and Human Rights: A Principle and Value-Based Analysis, Wesley Cragg
10. Moral Issues in Globalization, Carol C. Gould

Part V: The Use and Protection of Information
11. Deception and Information Disclosure in Business and Professional Ethics, Thomas L. Carson
12. Informational Privacy, Richard A. Spinello
13. The Moral Problem in Insider Trading, Alan Strudler
14. Intellectual Property Rights, Richard T. De George

Part VI: Incentives and Influence
15. Conflict of Interest, Wayne Norman and Chris MacDonald
16. Corruption and Bribery, Manuel Velasquez
17. Business in Politics: Lobbying and Corporate Campaign Contributions, Andrew Stark

Part VII: Employee Rights and Corporate Responsibilities
18. Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Diversity in Business, Bernard Boxill
19. Whistle Blowing, Moral Integrity, and Organizational Ethics, George G. Brenkert
20. Employment at Will and Employee Rights, John J. McCall and Patricia H. Werhane
21. Working Conditions: Safety and Sweatshops, Denis G. Arnold

Part VIII: Safety, Risk, and Harm
22. Environmental Ethics and Responsibilities, Lisa H. Newton
23. The Mirage of Product Safety, John Hasnas

Part IX: Creating Moral Organizations
24. Organizational Integrity and Moral Climates, Norman E. Bowie

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended Book

    The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics is a very comprehensive book about business ethics. The topics and discussions of various moral issues are very interesting and in depth. The book presents the reader with different views on the subject of ethics. This is a very good volume for any person wanting to know more about ethics in business and what the proper conduct should be present with business, employees and the public. I highly recommend this book for anyone needing a more detailed explanation of ethics and what is involved. You cannot go wrong in buying this volume.

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