Business Ethics in Theory and Practice

Business Ethics in Theory and Practice : Contributions from Asia and New Zealand

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This book originated in a symposium on business ethics that took place in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Canterbury in September of 1997. Professor Werhane, who was a visiting Erskine Fellow, provided the keynote address, and many of the papers in this collection were originally presented at this symposium. We are grateful to Kluwer Publishers for the opportunity to publish these essays in their series on International Business Ethics. We want to thank the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the Darden School, University of Virginia, and the Erskine Trust and the Department of Management at the University of Canterbury for their support of Professor Werhane's fellowship, research for this text, and funding for its production. We especially want to thank Lisa Spiro, who copy-edited and prepared the manuscript for publication. INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW This book originated in a symposium on business ethics that took place in the faculty of commerce, at the University of Canterbury, in September 1997. Professor Werhane, who was a visiting Erskine Fellow, provided the keynote address. Contributions to the proceedings were. inter-disciplinary, spanning theory and practice. Subsequent contributions were obtained from within New Zealand and from Asia. The book starts off on rather a pessimistic note: the new managerialism (the kind of thing Scott Adams jokes about in the world-famous Dilbert cartoons) is economically suspect and psychologically damaging.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16mm | 1,200g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • VIII, 248 p.
  • 079235849X
  • 9780792358497

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. The Ethics of the New Managerialism. 1. Managerialism and the economics of the firm; P.E. Earl. 2. New organizational cultures and ethical employment practice: a critical discussion; C. Casey. Strategic Discourses and Narratives. 3. Environmentally sustainable business and the Rashomon effect; P.H. Werhane. 4. Strategic discourse as a technology of power; K. Kearins, K. Hooper, D. Coy. Empirical Psychology and Business Ethics. 5. Property ethics and starvation; M. Hirshberg. 6. The contributions of empirical research towards normative business ethics; M. Singer. 7. Ethics, aesthetics and empiricism: the case of steroids and sports; G. Owens. The New Zealand Context. 8. Business ethics: is amoral good enough? I. Grant. 9. Perceptions of empowerment: insights from New Zealand organisations; V.S. Mouly, A.C. Smith, J. Sankaran. 10. Ethics in action: the management of intangibles; V. Nilakant, R. Addison. The Asian Context. 11. Business and culture in the Philippines: a story of gradual progress; A.J.G. Sison. 12. Japanese philosophical traditions and contemporary business practices; K. Shioji, C. Nakano. 13. Rethinking the presuppositions of business ethics - from an Aristotelian approach to Confucian ethics; W. Wai-Ying. 14. The traditions of the people of Hong Kong and their relationships to contemporary business practices; P.-K. Ip. Moral Progress in Business and Society. 15. Varieties of progress: commercial, moral and otherwise; S. Godlovitch. 16. Synergy-orientation and the `Third Way'; A.E. Singer. 17. Afterword; A.E. Singer. Notes on the contributors.
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