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Business Ethics and Ethical Business

ISBN-10: 0195369106
ISBN-13: 9780195369106
Edition: 2009
Authors: Robert Audi
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Description: Business Ethics and Ethical Business is a brief yet remarkably comprehensive introduction to the thought-provoking field of business ethics. The text is organized into three parts that cover the role of business in society, the ethics of internal  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550

Business Ethics and Ethical Business is a brief yet remarkably comprehensive introduction to the thought-provoking field of business ethics. The text is organized into three parts that cover the role of business in society, the ethics of internal management, and the challenges of international business. It introduces the standards essential in business ethics, explores a wide range of issues using concrete examples, and provides analytical tools for guiding ethical decisions in the real world. Features: * Includes an appendix containing sixteen short case scenarios modeled on ethical problems in business; these studies are keyed to relevant chapters and designed to stimulate class discussion and provide material for essay assignments * Introduces central ethical theories including Aristotle's virtue ethics, Kant's rule-based ethics, Mill's utilitarianism, and Ross's common-sense pluralism * Introduces a set of principles comprising a decision framework for conducting business ethically * Examines the two main competing views of business in a democratic society--the free market view and the corporate social responsibility approach * Considers both large companies and small, family-owned businesses * Includes a glossary of many key terms in business ethics Business Ethics and Ethical Business is ideal for undergraduate or MBA courses, as either a standalone text or a companion to an anthology or selected case studies. Every chapter is self-contained, so the text can be used in whole or in part and in long or short courses.

Preface
The Role of Business in a Free Democracy
Two Democratic Traditions
Foundations of Capitalism
Two Conceptions of Democracy
The Rights and Social Responsibilities of Business
The Moral Rights of Businesses
A Proposal for Justifying Inequalities in Free Democracies
Determining Ethical Obligations: Some Major Approaches
Ethical Obligation and Legal Requirements
The Constituencies of Ethical Business
The Scope of Ownership Rights
The Interests of Stockholders
The Multiple-Constituency View of the Corporation
Constituents as "Stakeholders"
A Framework for Making Ethical Decisions
Common-sense Ethical Principles
A Five-step Model for Making Difficult Ethical Decisions
Ethical Business, Environmental Responsibility, and Sustainability
The Value of the Environment
The Ethical Importance of Future Generations
The Ideal of Sustainability
Marketing: Product, Target, and Image
Some Major Dimensions of Marketing Ethics
Five Types of Ethical Problems in Marketing
Insincerity, Deception, and Manipulation in Marketing
Advertising and the Limits of Persuasive Representation
The Ethics of Creating Desire
The Interdependence of Marketing and Manufacturing Decisions
Advertising and the Human Image
The Ethics of Financial Representation
The Centrality of Accounting in Capitalist Democracies
The Public Representation of Financial Positions
Judgment, Clarity, and Conflicts of Interest in Accounting
Part 2
Hiring Policies and Compensation Standards
Preferential Hiring and Affirmative Action
Rationales for Affirmative Action
Promotion and Remuneration
Qualifications and Merit
Executive Compensation
An Approach to Fairness in CEO Compensation
Conditions of Employment and Codes of Ethics
Safety, Risk, and Informed Consent
Whistleblowing Healthcare Obligations and Responsibilities
Privacy in Employment
Private Lives and the Movable Workplace
Company Codes and Mission Statements
Religion in the Workplace
Church-state Separation as a Starting Point in Employment
Some Applications to Managerial Policy Questions
Religion in Large Public Companies
Demonstrative Affiliation in Employment
Managerial Leadership and Corporate Culture
Corporate Culture, Ethos, and Ethics
Managerial Hierarchy and its Limitations
Leadership Versus Power
Ethical Leadership and Leadership in Ethics
Meaningful Work and the Creation of Value
Ethical Problems of Global Business
International Trade and Cross-Cultural Standards
Intercultural Understanding
Child Labor
Gift-giving in Business
Gift-giving Versus Bribery
Nationality, International Business Ethics, and Cosmopolitanism
Outsourcing
Cultural Adaptation, Relativity, and Standards of Negotiation
The Relation between Ethics and Law
Ethics and Law in International Business
Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, and Porous Borders
Cosmopolitanism and International Cooperation
Conclusion
Sixteen Brief Case Scenarios
Glossary
Notes
Index

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