Ethics and Excellence Cooperation and Integrity in Business

ISBN-10: 0195087119
ISBN-13: 9780195087116
Edition: 1993 (Reprint)
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List price: $55.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/7/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The Greek philosopher Aristotle, writing over two thousand years before Wall Street, called people who engaged in activities which did not contribute to society "parasites." In his latest work, renowned scholar Robert C. Solomon asserts that though capitalism may require capital, it does not require, much less should it be defined by, the parasites it inevitably attracts. Capitalism has succeeded not with brute strength or because it has made people rich, but because it has produced responsible citizens and--however unevenly--prosperous communities. It cannot tolerate a conception of business that focuses solely on income and vulgarity while ignoring traditional virtues of responsibility, community, and integrity. Many feel that there is too much lip-service and not enough understanding of the importance of cooperation and integrity in corporate life. This book rejects the myths and metaphors of war-like competition that cloud business thinking and develops an "Aristotelean" theory of business. The author's approach emphasizes several core concepts: the corporation as community, the search for excellence, the importance of integrity and sound judgment, as well as a more cooperative and humane vision of business. Solomon stresses the virtues of honesty, trust, fairness, and compassion in the competitive business world, and confronts the problem of "moral mazes" and what he posits as its solution--moral courage.

Introduction: Can Ethics be Taught?
Business Myths and Metaphors: Vices Parading as Virtues
Macho Myths and Metaphors: Jungles, Battles, Games
Abstract Greed
The Myth of the Profit Motive
Game Theory as a Model for Business and Business Ethics
The End of Cowboy Capitalism
Atomic Myths and Metaphors: Individualism and ""the Entrepreneur""
Beyond Selfishness: Adam Smith and Limits of the Market
Beyond Cost/Benefit Analysis: Utilitarinism Refined
An Aristotelian Approach to Business: Framework and Theory
Business Ethics: ""The Third Wave"" and the Problem of Theory
The Aristotelian Approach to Business Ethics
Business as an Unbounded Practice
Aristotelian Metaphors: Corporate Cultures and The Professional Manager
Business as a Profession: People imn Business as Professionals
The Six Parameters of Aristotelian Ethics
The Corporation as Community
In Search of Excellence
The Individual in the Organization
The Meaning of Integrity
Decision-making and Good Judgment
Holism: Beyond Stakeholder Analysis
The Heart of the Corporation: Business Virtues and Vices
The Nature of the Virtues
Aristotelian Virtues, Warrior, Moral and Business Virtues
The Basic Business Virtues: Honesty, Dependability, Trust and Fairness
The Virtues of the Corporate Self: Friendliness, Honor, Loyalty, Shame
Competition, Caring and Compassion
Justice: The Ultimate Virtue of Corporate Life
Resentment: Corporate Poison
The Charasmatic Virtues: Saints, Heroes, Clowns and Rogues (Nietzschian Management)
Theories in Practice: Ethics Styles
Moral Mazes and the Problem of Integrity
Epilogue: Philosophers in the Corporation: Apologists or Subversives?

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