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Business ethics & social responsibility

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Ethics in Modern Management

Ethics in Modern Management

Author: Gerald J. Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/1992

This book confronts business managers with media accounts of alleged ethical misconduct by business people and the low opinion the public has of the honesty of business people in general. Gerald J. Williams agrees that greed and self-interest are surely at work here, but he points out that these vices can be found in just about every area of human endeavor. He asks whether business people might think there is some special characteristic of the business enterprise that sometimes justifies acting in ways that would be considered immoral if they were done in nonbusiness situations. Does the impact, for instance, that a business may have on the economic welfare of its shareholders, employees, and the social and political communities in which it operates sometimes require its managers to follow a double ethic, one that applies to their business lives but not to their private lives? Not so, according to the author, who argues that there is no such thing as business ethics; there are only ethical principles applicable to all circumstances and conditions of human life. It is Williams' belief that only business people can restore their tarnished reputation by acting ethically, but that they have to first know something about moral theory and understand how different theoretical approaches to morality may yield different moral principles. Business people need to reflect on the set of moral principles they hold, conscientiously satisfy themselves that they are comfortable with those principles, and, if not, modify them and apply them consistently in both business and nonbusiness situations. This book is designed to help managers with the process of education and moral reflection by describing three approaches to morality: cultural moral relativism, utilitarianism, and Thomistic natural law. The book then goes on to show how each approach can address and attempt to solve concrete, real-life ethical conflicts in the business world. In short, the book offers a somewhat unique hands-on technique for teaching business ethics. It should interest business managers at all levles as well as teachers and students of business ethics.

A Virtuous Life in Business Stories of Courage and Integrity in the Corporate World

A Virtuous Life in Business Stories of Courage and Integrity in the Corporate World

Author: Oliver F., C.S.C Williams, John W. Houck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/1992

In this book, eleven distinguished contributors examine such recent cases as the Exxon Valdez crisis, Johnson and Johnson's Tylenol decisions, and Procter and Gamble's Rely product recall to assess the contribution of narrative theology and theories of virtue on the current discussion of the ethics of business management. Co-published with the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business.

The Moral Foundations of Business Practice

The Moral Foundations of Business Practice

Author: James B. Wilbur Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/1992

In this book the author seeks a grounding for moral responsibility in business. To accomplish this, he develops an extended Kantian perspective within the context of practice. Contents: Introduction; Practice and its Presuppositions; The Dimensions of Practice; The Enabling Conditions: Application I; The Enabling Conditions: Application II: The Imperatives of Practices and How They Arise; Justice and the Scope of the Moral; Self-Reference and the Categorical in Practice; Corporate Character; Conclusion.

A Virtuous Life in Business Stories of Courage and Integrity in the Corporate World

A Virtuous Life in Business Stories of Courage and Integrity in the Corporate World

Author: Oliver F., C.S.C Williams, John W. Houck Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/1992

In this book, eleven distinguished contributors examine such recent cases as the Exxon Valdez crisis, Johnson and Johnson's Tylenol decisions, and Procter and Gamble's Rely product recall to assess the contribution of narrative theology and theories of virtue on the current discussion of the ethics of business management. Co-published with the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business.

The Moral Foundations of Business Practice

The Moral Foundations of Business Practice

Author: James B. Wilbur Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/1992

In this book the author seeks a grounding for moral responsibility in business. To accomplish this, he develops an extended Kantian perspective within the context of practice. Contents: Introduction; Practice and its Presuppositions; The Dimensions of Practice; The Enabling Conditions: Application I; The Enabling Conditions: Application II: The Imperatives of Practices and How They Arise; Justice and the Scope of the Moral; Self-Reference and the Categorical in Practice; Corporate Character; Conclusion.

Perfect Markets and Easy Virtue Business Ethics and the Invisible Hand

Perfect Markets and Easy Virtue Business Ethics and the Invisible Hand

Author: William J. Baumol, Sue Anne Batey Blackman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/1992

This book examines the effects of the market mechanism on economies and societies. It argues that perfect competition has a tendency to promote adulteration of products and a general deterioration in quality. It also contends that it is very difficult for competitive firms to behave in socially desirable ways - being kind to the environment, contributing to worthy social programmes, handling redundancy humanely. The book goes on to propose ways in which these flaws might be remedied without subverting the market mechanism.

Blowing the Whistle The Organizational and Legal Implications for Companies and Employees

Blowing the Whistle The Organizational and Legal Implications for Companies and Employees

Author: Marcia P. Miceli, Janet P. Near Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/1992

In this study the authors examine the profound consequences for individuals, organizations, and society at large of the phenomenon known as whistle-blowing. They examine several common views of the whistle-blower - from disloyal rat to courageous hero - and reveal how individuals reach the often difficult decision to turn in their companies. With case examples, such as Watergate, the Challenger disaster, and product liability lawsuits, they show executives how to deal with whistle-blowing and its consequences. For those contemplating turning in their companies, the authors offer real-life examples of the implications, both practical and legal.

Market Morality and Company Size

Market Morality and Company Size

Author: Brian Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/1991

Henk van Luijk A continuing debate Business life and ethics have always had an uneasy relationship. Together they feel uncomfortable, separated from each other they feel truncated. But, in more ways than one they need each other. For, to paraphrase a famous expression of the philosopher Kant: business without an ethical orientation is blind, and ethics without business experience is void. There are two different reasons for this uneasy relationship, a moral and an economic one. Business activities are essentially motivated by the striving for profit, whereas ethical considerations are marked by an equal attention given to the interests of all relevant others. This is the moral reason. The economic reason is implied in the conviction that the market constitutes a morally neutral zone, or, to put it positively, that market participants take care not only of themselves but also of the general welfare by behaving in accordance with market rules and regulations. Both reaso~s playa role in discussions on the rela tion between business and ethics. For several decades, and more specifically since the beginning of the eighties, we have witnessed a continuing debate concerning the social responsibility of business, the content and extension of that responsibility and its moral and ideological basis. Positions are defended by business representatives and academics alike, under similar such headings as ' social responsibility of business' or 'corporate responsibility', 'business ethics', 'corporate ethics' or 'market morality'. Two, perhaps three, clusters of questions present themselves as particularly urgent.

Corporate Responsibility and Legitimacy An Interdisciplinary Analysis

Corporate Responsibility and Legitimacy An Interdisciplinary Analysis

Author: James J. Brummer Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/1991

Drawing upon research from a variety of disciplines, this volume offers a systematic discussion of the issues and assumptions of the corporate responsibility debate. James J. Brummer provides an extensive review of the relevant literature and develops a methodology for treating specific problems of corporate responsibility, illustrating its use in actual practice. The book also proposes a theory of corporate responsibility and legitimacy that builds upon the concept of accountability and explores the relevance of applying methods of study traditionally associated with the humanities to contemporary problems of corporate ethics. The author begins by addressing general concepts and principles including types of corporate responsibility, relations of accountability, models of the corporation, and theories of institutional legitimacy. Part Two outlines the four theories of corporate responsibility--the classical, stakeholder, social demandingness, and social activist theories--and examines their major premises and supporting evidence. Two chapters treat the specific issue of plant closing or relocation in relation to each of the four theories of corporate responsibility. Finally, the author discusses collective and subordinate responsibility, paying particular attention to the concept of whistleblowing. The concluding chapter summarizes the corporate responsibility debate and analyzes various models of accountability. An ideal supplemental text for courses in business ethics and public administration, this volume is also an invaluable resource for executives confronted with issues of corporate responsibility in their own operations.

Managing with Integrity Insights from America's CEOs

Managing with Integrity Insights from America's CEOs

Author: Charles E. Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/1991

This compelling work draws on the experiences of America's most successful business leaders to examine the issue of character in business. Based on interviews with 125 CEOs of major U.S. corporations, Managing with Integrity shows how it is possible for the businessperson to do what is right and run a profitable company at the same time. A wealth of practical examples and anecdotes demonstrates that even today, corporate America's most powerful figures tend to place what is ethical over what is expedient and adhere to a higher standard than is generally assumed by the public. By revealing the strategies these leaders employ in the face of the myriad challenges to character encountered in the day-to-day business world, the author provides invaluable insights for executives, managers, supervisors, professionals, and entrepreneurs confronted with their own ethical dilemmas. Readers will find Managing with Integrity both an unusually candid look at the dimensions of executive decision making and an eminently practical guide to the development of a workable moral philosophy for business. Is it possible for a decent human being to succeed in business? How does one find meaning in the business life? These are some of the questions asked by the author as he explores the difficulties associated with ethical thinking within the context of business. Finding that those persons and organizations that aspire to serve worthwhile purposes are ultimately the most profitable, he shows how businesses can and do prosper when high ethical and moral standards underlie executive decision making. Finally, the author examines the concept of success in business and describes the various dimensions of success which are most mentioned most often by the senior executives interviewed for the book. Written in an engaging and nontechnical style and filled with hundreds of real-world examples, Managing with Integrity offers an important counterweight to the cynicism that so often pervades popular thinking about corporate America.

How Much Do We Deserve? Inquiry in Distributive Justice

How Much Do We Deserve? Inquiry in Distributive Justice

Author: Richard S. Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/1991