Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today's Business / Edition 1

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Overview

This engaging and provactive new book brings the issues of corporate and personal responsiblity in a profit-driven world down to the kind of everyday decisions we all have to make.

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This new book on modern ethics and business is based on a regular column written for the New York Times by Seglin (publishing and writing, Emerson Coll.). His first column appeared in September 1998 when the U.S. economy was booming, unemployment was at an all-time low, and the stock market at an all-time high. Over the next four years, many changes and issues confronted the corporate world. Here, Seglin has organized his columns into the following topics: Ethics Policies and Life in the Corporation, Hiring, Bosses, Privacy; Lying, Cheating and Stealing; and Leading by Example. Each section has a brief introduction to the topic and raises issues and presents some options for action. A short bibliography of books and web sites is included. Well written and lucid, Seglin's work brings objectivity, honesty, and wisdom to business ethics and encourages an open dialog and honest questioning to the discussion of integrity in the workplace.-Susan C. Awe, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978689902
  • Publisher: Smith Kerr Associates
  • Publication date: 4/25/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xv
Part I Ethics Policies and Life in the Corporation
1 Do Stock Options Buy Silence? 3
2 The Values Statement vs. Corporate Reality 5
3 A Company Credo, as Applied or Not 8
4 The Ethics Policy: Mind-Set Over Matter 11
5 In Ethics, It's the Thought That Counts 13
6 Between Consenting Co-Workers 16
7 Regulating Religious Life in the Office 18
8 Playing It the Company Way, After Hours 21
9 Giving Advice Through Rose-Colored Stock Options 24
10 An Ethics Code Can't Replace a Backbone 27
Part II Hiring
11 An Offer You Can't Refuse. Well, Maybe 33
12 When Fear of Firing Deters Hiring 35
13 Too Much Ado About Giving References 38
14 In Downsizing, Loyalty is a Two-Way Street 41
15 As Layoffs Loom, Loyalties Are Divided 43
16 In Dismissals, Silence Has Its Perils 46
Part III Bosses
17 A Boss Saved Them. Should They Save Him? 51
18 When the Boss is a Stealth Bomber 54
19 When the Boss Tumbles 56
20 Bosses Beware When Bending the Truth 59
21 Saving a Life but Crossing a Line 62
Part IV Privacy
22 As Office Snooping Grows, Who Watches the Watchers? 67
23 Who is Minding Your Own Business? 70
24 You've Got Mail. You're Being Watched 73
Part V Lying, Cheating and Stealing
25 When the Truth Takes a Stretching Class 79
26 Lies Can Have a (Long) Life of Their Own 82
27 When Bribery is Lost in Translation 84
28 Telling the Truth, or at Least Most of It 87
29 Big Theft, Small Theft: Is There a Difference? 90
30 Payroll Tax, Temptation and Trouble 93
31 Boundaries to Stealing All Those Bright Ideas 96
32 Storytelling Only Works if Tales Are True 99
Part VI Leading by Example
33 A Blame Game Hurts Both Ford and Firestone 107
34 When Good Ethics Aren't Good Business 110
35 When to Go Along, and When to Walk Away 113
36 Bad Behavior Can Be Perfectly Ethical 115
37 Survivor's Skills Work on an Island, but How About in the Office? 118
38 Throwing a Beanball in Business 123
39 A Safer World for Corporate Mea Culpas 126
40 How to Get a Company's Attention on Women's Pay 129
41 To Blow the Whistle, Drop the Mask 132
42 The 'Me, Too' Mind-Set of Disaster Aid 135
43 Follow the Heart, or Toe the Line? 137
44 In Bad Times, It's Easier to Blame 140
45 Managing Danger Responsibly: How Much Do You Tell? 143
46 Corporate Values Trickle Down From the Top 146
Bibliography/Further Reading 151
Other Sources of Information on Business Ethics 155
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