A Better Way to Think About Business

A Better Way to Think About Business : How Personal Integrity Leads to Corporate Success

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Is business ethics a contradiction in terms? Absolutely not, says Robert Solomon. In fact, he maintains that sound ethics is a necessary precondition of any long-term business enterprise, and that excellence in business must exist on the foundation of values that most of us hold dear. Drawing on twenty years of experience consulting with major corporations on ethics, Solomon clarifies the difficult ethical choices all people in business face. He uses an "Aristotelian" approach to remind readers that a corporation-like an individual-is embedded in a community, and that corporate values such as fairness and honesty are meaningless until transformed into action. Without a base of shared values, trust and mutual benefits, today's national and international business world would fall apart. In keeping with his conviction that virtue and profit must thrive together, Solomon both examines the ways in which deficient values actually destroy businesses, and debunks the pervasive myths that encourage unethical business practices. Complete with a working catalog of virtues designed to illustrate the importance of integrity in any business situation, this compelling handbook contains a gold mine of wisdom for either the small business manager or the corporate executive struggling with ethical issues.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 10mm | 140.61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195167333
  • 9780195167337
  • 1,226,407

About Professor Robert C. Solomon

Robert C. Solomon is Quincy Lee Centennial and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy and Business at the University of Texas. He is also the author of Building Trust: In Business, Politics, Relationships, and Life, A Passion for Wisdom: A Very Brief History of Philosophy, and Ethics and Excellence (all available from OUP).show more

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"In this brief, readable addition to the business ethics literature, Solomon offers a clear and pragmatic exposition.... This concise account is recommended for public, academic, and practitioner library collections. It will be particularly useful to readers with limited time."-Choice "Solomon provides readers with a different perspective on how to view the role of business in the modern world.... The book serves as a useful and practical guide for managers who wish to see how important ethics and integrity can be to business success. The book would also make an excellent supplementary text for courses in business ethics and the social responsability of businesses."-Academy of Management Executiveshow more

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