Ethics for Managers Philosophical Foundations and Business Realities

ISBN-10: 0415807093
ISBN-13: 9780415807098
Edition: 2012
Authors: Joseph Gilbert
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This book examines issues relating to ethical decision-making in the managerial context. Managers are paid to oversee the work of others, and in the course of their work, they often make decisions that impact other people. This book is intended to help managers, and students of management, reflect on the impact of their decisions, and to help them in making such decisions ethically. Ethics has to do with interpersonal or social values, and the rules of conduct that derive from them. By the time an individual becomes a manager, he or she invariably has a sense of moral right and wrong. Author Joseph Gilbert examines the sources of this sense, and how it is shaped and altered by various influences. He lays the groundwork for discussion by delving into the meaning of ethics and its philosophical foundations, then exploring its application to the task of management. This balanced approach both makes clear the moral implications of actions taken by managers and provides some time-tested ways of thinking about moral issues when they arise. Without preaching or critiquing the reader’s existing ethical sense, Ethics for Managers prepares the manager or student of business to adequately address the difficult decisions that will crop up during their career in an ethical and self-aware manner.

Introduction
Goals of This Book
The Tasks of Managers
Outline of Book: Part I-Ethical Theory
Outline of Book: Part II-Applied Business Ethics
Ethical Theory
What is Philosophy?
Philosophy as a Field of Knowledge
Philosophy and Religion
Clear Thinking and Proper Naming
Induction and Deduction: The Methods of Philosophy
The Branches of Philosophy
Philosophy and Business
What is Ethics?
Sources of Ethics
Ethics and the Law
Ethics and Managers
Utilitarianism
The Greatest Happiness or Greatest Good
Results Orientation
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Two Important Criticisms
An Ethic Based on Prediction
Usefulness of Utilitarianism
Rights and Duties
Definitions of Rights and Duties
Sources of Rights and Duties
Kant's Duty-Based Approach
General Observations
Fairness and Justice
Fairness in Daily Life
Meanings of Fairness
John Rawls on Justice as Fairness
Procedural and Distributive Justice
Similarly Situated Individuals and Similar Treatment
Evaluating Managerial Fairness
Applied Business Ethics
Ethical Analysis of Employment Issues
The Hiring Process
Affirmative Action and Diversity
Utilitarian Analysis
Rights and Duties Analysis
Fairness and Justice Analysis
Special Cases: Promotion
Special Cases: Equally Qualified Candidates
Performance Appraisal and Compensation
Various Approaches to Compensation
Merit-Based Compensation Decisions and Performance Appraisal
Lying and Truth-Telling in Performance Appraisal
Utilitarian Analysis
Rights and Duties Analysis
Fairness and Justice Analysis
Compensation of Senior Executives
Terminations
Limits on Termination
Employees at Will
Terminations for Unsatisfactory Performance
Layoffs
Privacy: Applicants and Employees
Meanings of Privacy
Categories of Privacy
Drug testing
Employee Monitoring
Email and Internet Monitoring
Accounting and Financial Reporting
The Importance of Financial Reporting
Senior Managers and Financial Reporting
Non-Accounting Managers and Financial Reporting
Non-Accounting Managers and Fraudulent Financial Reporting
Ethical Managers and Ethical Organizations
Ethical Managers
Ethical Organizations
Organizational Culture
Changing or Impacting a Company's Culture
Policy-Making and Culture
Notes
Index

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