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Stakeholder Theory and Organizational Ethics

ISBN-10: 1576752682

ISBN-13: 9781576752685

Edition: 2003

Authors: Robert Phillips, R. Edward Freeman

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Business ethics, including corporate responsibility, has become a very hot area in the popular as well as the academic literature.As 2002 commences, little argument is necessary to convince most people of the prominence of discussions of business ethics. Recent events mark a watershed in the centrality and popularity of the discourse of business ethics. The popular and academic currency of stakeholder theory as a way of thinking about business ethics and strategy is unquestionable.The popular and academic discussion of business ethics is frequently couched in terms of stakeholder theory, yet no scholarly defense of stakeholder theory is currently in print.Examines stakeholder theory from the perspective of several fields of study including strategic management, economics, moral and political philosophy, social psychology, and environmental ethics.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/10/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Stakeholder Theory and Organizational Dogma
Stakeholder Theory
The Limits of Stakeholder Theory
Why Organizational Ethics?
Stakeholder Theory and Its Critics
A Principle of Stakeholder Fairness
Stakeholder Legitimacy
Stakeholder Identity
Stakeholder Theory in Practice
The Limits of Stakeholder Theory
What Stakeholder Theory Is
Critical Distortions: Straw-Persons and Evil Genies
Friendly Misinterpretations
Conclusion
Why Organizational Ethics?
Why a Theory of Organizational Ethics?
Limitations of Political Theory for Organizations
Limitations of Moral Philosophy for Organizations
Toward an Ethics of Organizations
Conclusion
Stakeholder Theory and Its Critics
Stakeholder Distinctions
Stakeholders, Agency Theory, and Fiduciary Duties
Stakeholder Theory and the Place of Fairness
Conclusion
A Principle of Stakeholder Fairness
A Principle of Fairness
Obligations
Defending Fairness
Fairness and Consent
Fairness and Integrative Social Contracts Theory
On the Question of Justification
Discourse Ethics and the Content of Stakeholder Obligations
Stakeholder as Analytic to Business
Conclusion
Stakeholder Legitimacy
Legitimacy in Stakeholder Theory
Legitimacy in Stakeholder Research: Normative and Derivative Perspectives
Legitimacy in Practice
Stakeholder Identity
The Natural Environment as a Stakeholder
Problems with the Natural Environment as a Stakeholder
The Natural Environment and Community Stakeholders
Social Activists as Stakeholders
Activist Groups and Civil Disobedience
Civil Disobedience and Stakeholder Theory
Conclusion
Stakeholder Theory in Practice
Why Should Managers Pay Attention to Stakeholders?
Who Are an Organization's Stakeholders and What Is the Basis for Their Legitimacy?
What Do Stakeholders Want?
How Should Managers Prioritize among Stakeholders?
Are the Ethics of Business Different from Everyday Ethics?
Stakeholder Best Practice
Other Challenges to Stakeholder Theory
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author