Corporate Ethics

Corporate Ethics

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This text introduces the idea that corporations - not just the people running them - are moral actors. A primary text for business ethics courses written in an accessible and straightforward style. Features: * Six-part organization includes section on basic ethical theories and theoretical background. * Contains boxes with brief biographical sketches of major ethics theorists and their major works. * Addresses employee issues such as drug testing, the use of polygraphs, sexual harassment, as well as discussing environmental and international business issues. * Discusses matters of business ethics from a multi-level corporate perspective, based on examinations of actual cases. * Uses elements of popular culture for illustrative purposes, such as Spike Lee's film, DO THE RIGHT THING, Michael Crichton's novel, RISING SUN, TV's M * A * S * H character Hawkeye, the Arthurian legend, and the American Western. * Introduces INVASION as a unifying theme - compares the corporate world in America to an invasion and shows how the invaders are invaded themselves. * Presents the practical in favour of the theoretical - author does not omit key ethical theories.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 163.8 x 234.4 x 15.5mm | 567.32g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0155011243
  • 9780155011243

Table of contents

Part I: Invasion! The Middle Ages, The Seventeeth Century, And Today. Human Persons and Corporate Actors: Freedom Without Relevance. Corporate Identity and Responsibility: Mob Behavior and Corporate Decision-Making. The Role of Structure and Function. Corporate Internal Decision Structures. How Corporate Policies Really Work. Rational Nonprogrammed Decisions. Rawlsian Individualism and the Power and Control Factors in Types of Social Interactions. The Realization of Corporate Goals By the Exploitation of Human Weakness of Will: The Twisted Tale of the Advent of the Commercial Television Situation Comedy. Moral Side-Constraints: Kant, Nozick, And Corporate-Human Interactions. The Moral Ranking System Vs. Classical Utilitarian's Alternative. The Return of the Ranking System and the Moral Side-Constraints. A Defense of the Consumerization of America. Why Corporations May Be Better Suited to Being Ethical Than Human Persons. Part II: Inside the Invaders. Stockholders and the Ownership of Corporations. The Powers and Influences (Such as They Are) of Boards of Directors. Management: Drones, Comers, And Stars. Their Games and Sports on the Managerial Ladder. The Protestant Ethic, Managerial Language Manipulation, And Lying. Teleopathy: Symptons and Sources. Types of Agency and the Antidote to Teleopathy. The Ethical Costs of Corporate Re-Engineering. Heroic Whistleblowing and Conflicts of Duty. Harassment: Invasions of Employee Privacy. Harrassment: Sexual. Part III: The Invaders in the Environment. Guardianship of the Environment. Greed and the Redwoods. Abstract Greed and the Insider Traders. Spotted Owls and Loggers: Dominion, History, And Protection. Part IV: The Invaders and the Invaded. Doing the Right Thing in Bed-Sty: Ethical Obligations of Biznez'n the Hood. The Principle of Responsive Adjustment and the Pictures on the Wall. Community, Shame, And Intolerance. Disservice and Misinformation in the Service and Information Industries: Alienation and the Computer. Extortion and Bribery: The Honda Story. Privacy and Health in the Executives Suites. Advertising: Deceptions and Ornamentations. Part V: The Invaders Invaded. Ethical Relativism and Global Corporate Business Practices. Japanese Collective Capitalism: The Rising Sun and the Setting Stars (And Stripes). Playing Games and Making War in the Global Marketplace. Part VI: The Invaders in the Dock. Corporations as Legal Persons: Roman and German Traditions, Fiction and Realism. Corporate Crime: Control and Adjudication. The Trial of Enforced Corporate Responsive Adjustment. Adverse Publicity as a Sanction in Corporate Criminal Cases: Hester Prynne in Corporate Attire. Caught in the Deterrence Trap: A Variety of Sanctions as Alternatives to Cash Fines.
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