Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics

ISBN-10: 0534584640
ISBN-13: 9780534584641
Edition: 5th 2005 (Revised)
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List price: $212.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.112

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN BUSINESS ETHICS approaches business ethics from a social and political perspective, asking students to consider the proper place of business in society, particularly as played out through the tension between strategies that rely on market mechanisms and strategies aimed at protecting individual rights. This book focuses on the rights and responsibilities of employees, laying out a rigorous discussion of economic markets and a close philosophical analysis of ethical theories in the context of contemporary business responsibility. While often neglected in other texts, this focus remains an extremely relevant area of business ethics for today's students as they prepare for their careers in an ever-competitive workplace. This text's mix of readings, text, case studies, and decision scenarios has proven its accessibility across a wide range of student interests and abilities.

Joe DesJardins is Professor in the philosophy department formed jointly by the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota. He presently serves as the Executive Director of the Society for Business Ethics. Among his publications are: An Introduction to Business Ethics (McGraw Hill), Environmental Ethics: An Introduction to Environmental Philosophy (Wadsworth), of Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics, co-editor, with John McCall, (5th Ed, Wadsworth) , and the forthcoming Business, Ethics, and Sustainability: Ethics for the Next Industrial Revolution (Prentice Hall). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and taught for many years at Villanova University before moving to Minnesota.

John McCall received his Ph. D. from the University of Notre Dame and currently teaches at St. Joseph's University. McCall specializes in business ethics and moral philosophy.

Preface
Business and Philosophy
Philosophical Ethics and Business
U.S. Steel and Youngstown, Ohio
What Is "Ethics"?
Business Ethics: The Free Market Theory
The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits
Doing Business Ethics: An Analysis of Friedman
Friedman's Radical Position
Free Society
Utilitarianism and the Free Market
Utilitarianism
Versions of Utilitarianism
Contemporary Versions
Challenges to Utilitarianism
Utilitarian Defense of the Free Market
An Analysis of the Utilitarian Defense
Is the Free Market the Best Means?
Rights and the Market
A Theory of Rights
Rights and Respect
Dignity and Autonomy
What Rights?
The Scope of Rights
Basic and Derivative Rights: Resolving Conflicts
Rights Arguments for the Free Market
The Right to Liberty and the Market
The Corporation as a Social Institution
The Nature of the Corporation
Corporate Responsibility
Stakeholder Theory
Social Contract Theory
Corporate Governance and Control
The History of Government Regulation
The Debate on the New Regulation
Models of Internal Corporate Governance
A Stakeholder Theory of the Modern Corporation: Kantian Capitalism
Balancing Act
Remarks on Marcoux: Defending Stakeholder Theory
Business and Employees
Job Security: Dismissals and Layoffs
Individual Dismissals
Modifications to Employment at Will
Just Cause Policies
Just Cause vs. EAW
Consequences
Rights
Layoffs
Case Study: Levi's Shrinks
The Right to Due Process
Rights in the Workplace: A Nozickian Argument
Practices of Successful Organizations: Job Security
The New Security: "Employability"
The New "Employability Contract" and Social Contract Theory
Public Policy and Employment at Will
Closing a Chrysler Plant
Unwritten Employment Contracts
"Wrongful Hiring"
Plant Closing Responsibilities
Montana's Just Cause Legislation
Employee Responsibilities: Honesty, Loyalty, Conflicts of Interest
Employee Responsibilities in Law
Professional Responsibilities
Honesty in Employment
Loyalty and Whistleblowing
Conflicts of Interest and Insider Trading
Case Study: The Challenger Disaster: Conflicting Responsibilities at Morton Thiokol and NASA
Is Business Bluffing Ethical?
Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty
What Is Really Unethical About Insider Trading?
"Soft Money" in the Securities Industry
Buy American, or Else!
Inside Information at the Wall Street Journal
Whistleblowing at the Phone Company
Employee Participation
Varieties of Participation
Participation and Rights
Participation and Firm Performance
Participation and Organized Labor
Case Study: Saturn Motors: Shifting into Reverse?
An Ethical Basis for Employee Participation
Democracy and Economic Rights
Workplace Representation Overseas: The Works Council Story
Quality Circles and Labor Productivity
The Mondragon Cooperatives
The German Model of Employee Participation
Electromation: Illegal Employee Participation
Donnelly Mirrors: Forty Years of Participation
Employee Privacy
The Nature of Privacy
The Value of Privacy
Consumer Privacy
Case Study: Genetic Screening in the Workplace
Drug Testing in Employment
The Ethics of Genetic Screening in the Workplace
Some Implications of New Technology on Privacy in the Workplace
E-mail Privacy
Dismissal for an Abortion?
If You Work Here, Don't Smoke
Preemployment Psychological Testing
Privacy in Employment
Surveillance at Work
Consumer Privacy
Health and Safety in the Workplace
The Nature and Value of Health
OSHA
Risky Work or Risky Workers?
Case Study: American Cyanamid and Johnson Controls
Automobile Workers v. Johnson Controls, Inc.
The Occupational Safety and Health Problem
A Review of Some Normative and Conceptual Issues in Occupational Safety and Health
Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace
Health Insurance and Discrimination Against the Sick
Criminal Conviction for an Employee Death: Film Recovery Systems, Inc.
Video Display Terminals and Worker Health
Business and Consumers
Product Liability and Safety
Assessing Product Liability Alternatives
Reforming Product Liability Law
Product Safety Regulation
Ethics and Marketing of Dangerous Products
Case Study: Selling Guns: Negligent Marketing?
Liability: The Legal Revolution and Its Consequences
"Fairness, Strict Liability, and Public Policy"
Regulation and Paternalism
Tobacco Companies Under Fire
The Michigan Toy Box Company
Greenman v. Yuba Power Products
Children and Reasonably Safe Products
A. H. Robins and the Dalkon Shield
Caution: McDonald's Coffee is Hot!
Diethyestilbestrol (DES)
Advertising and Marketing
Introduction: Deception and Morality
Government Regulation of Deceptive Advertising
Nondeceptive Marketing, Autonomy, and Consumer Vulnerability
Case Study: Advertising Tobacco
Deceptive Advertising
Reasonable Consumer or Ignorant Consumer? How the FTC Decided
Advertising and Behavior Control
Marketing to Inner-City Blacks: PowerMaster and Moral Responsibility
Children as Consumers: An Ethical Evaluation of Children's Television Advertising
Seven Marketing Pitches
Advertising's Image of Women
Listerine and Corrective Advertising
Advertising Headaches
"Bait and Switch"
New, Improved ... and Smaller
Political Advocacy Meets High-Tech Ad Agencies
Business and Other Constituencies
Business and the Environment
Environment and Economics
Legal and Moral Standing
Growth and Sustainability
Case Study: Walt Disney vs. The Sierra Club
People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution
At the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima or Why Political Questions Are Not All Economic
Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects
Morality, Money, and Motor Cars
A Road Map for Natural Capitalism
Global Warming
Boomer v. Atlantic Cement Co.
The EPA's Management of Superfund
Pacific Lumber
Industry as Ecosystem
Discrimination in the Workplace: Race, Gender, Disabilities
Public Policy to Counter Discrimination
Arguments For and Against
Sexual Harassment
Disabled Workers
Case Study: Gays Need Not Apply
Preferential Hiring and Compensation
A Defense of Programs of Preferential Treatment
Sex Is the Least of It: Let's Focus Harassment Law on Work, Not Sex
Disability and the Right to Work
United Steeelworkers of America v. Weber
Preferential Treatment for Men?
Women Wage Earners: Less is Best?
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Meritor Savings Bank
Federal Set-Asides: From Fullilove to Adarand
Hide the Wedding Ring
When Gender Harassment Is Not Sexual
Ethics and Multinational Corporations
Introduction: The Power of Multinationals
The Ethical Relativist Approach
The Nonrelativist Approach
Case Study: Indonesian Corruption and Multinationals
Rights in the Global Market
International Business, Morality, and the Common Good
The Moral Responsibility of Multinational Corporations to Be Socially Responsible
Marketing, the Ethics of Consumption, and Less-Developed Countries
Brazil: Economic Development versus Environmental Protection
The Dalkon Shield and Sales to Foreign Countries
Union Carbide's Poison Gas Disaster at Bhopal
"When in Rome": International Affirmative Action
Child and Bonded Labor: Business Responsibility for Supplier Practices
Drug Safety and the Third World
Index

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