Ethical Challenges to Business-as-Usual

Ethical Challenges to Business-as-Usual

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For courses in Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Policy courses. Anthology contains significant body of literature challenging the economic status quo while providing students with the critical readings and perspectives they need to make informed decisions. The text exposes business practices and economic assumptions, bringing contemporary challenges, especially environmental,into the classroom.show more

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  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 175.3 x 233.7 x 27.9mm | 816.48g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130487635
  • 9780130487636

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"This book is much more multicultural in its approach to the topics than most business ethics texts, so even when the book deals with traditional topics, it does so in a refreshing manner. Also, the topics of poverty in relation to corporate culture,...and corporate agriculture are important inclusions of topics usually neglected." - Richard Kyte, Viterbo University "This book is written in a conversational tone, inviting to the reader...I do think the approach of questioning the assumptions within ethical philosophy to be both innovative and sound. I think the material is likely to be well-received, since few other books do this." - Michelle LeBaron, George Mason Universityshow more

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Shari Collins-Chobanian explores business ethics in this provocative new anthology which explains that within traditional topics and themes in business ethics, there is considerable literature which challenges the economic status quo and which is vital to students' understanding and ability to make informed decisions in business. The textual commentary and the over 55 readings--including both classic and commonly used readings together with new readings never before published in a business ethics anthology--expose business practices and the economic assumptions behind them, bringing contemporary challenges and the world's population's concerns into the classroom. Features Critical selection of topics--Replaces the usual pro/con approach and challenges development, capitalism, market appropriation, human rights violations, and consumption. Topical coverage--i.e., transgenic biotechnology; resistance to development; environmental ethics; and alternative economies. Interdisciplinary readings--Includes both classic and contemporary selections with which faculty are familiar, with the majority drawn from ethics and applied ethics.show more

About Shari Collins-Chobanian

Shari Collins-Chobanian is a professor of philosophy at Arizona State University West. Her main areas of research include business ethics and environmental ethics, and she has published articles on environmental rights and environmental labels. She is the coeditor of Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach.show more

Table of contents

Preface. 1. Ethical and Economic Theoretical Grounding. Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle. Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill. Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, Immanuel Kant. A Simplified Account of Kant's Ethics, Onora O'Neill. An Inquiry into the Value and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith. The Mistake, Kenneth Lux. Distributive Justice, John Rawls. A Moral Case for Socialism, Kai Neilsen. Reflections on the Triumph of Capitalism, Robert Heilbroner. 2. Human Rights and Environmental Challenges to Development. United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Principles and Responsibilities for Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises. Enron: History of Human Rights Abuse in India, Human Rights Watch. Creating the Third World, Clive Ponting. The High Cost of Uranium, Donald A. Grinde and Bruce E. Johansen. Moral Minimums for Multinationals, Thomas Donaldson. Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Ethics and Ecology, William T. Blackstone. The Human Right to a Safe Environment, James Nickel. Beyond Sax and Welfare Interests: A Case for Environmental Rights, Shari Collins-Chobanian. Defining Sustainable Development, Devon Pena. Gandhian Legacies: Indigenous Resistance to "Development" in India and Mexico, Deane Curtin. Development, Ecology, and Women, Vandana Shiva. 3. Challenges Calling for Corporate Responsibility. How Organizations Socialize Individuals into Evildoing, John M. Darley. The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits, Milton Friedman. Corporations When Does a Worker's Death Become Murder? David Rosner. Corporate Responsibility, Larry May. The Workers' Right to Know, Participate and Refuse Hazardous Work: A Manifesto Right, Robert Sass. Stakeholder Theory of the Modern Corporation, R. Edward Freeman. 4. Justification for, and Challenges to, Property Rights. The Justification of Private Property, John Locke. Estranged Labor, Karl Marx. The The Colonial Dynamic of Capitalism, Arjun Makhijani. Rich and Poor, Peter Singer. 5. Challenging Discrimination. White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies, Peggy McIntosh. Affirmative Action: The Price of Preference, Shelby Steele. Does Affirmative Action Hurt Its Intended Beneficiaries? Barbara R. Bergmann. The "Social Etymology" of "Sexual Harassment", Margaret A. Crouch. 6. Environmental Ethics Challenges to Business. The Land Ethic, Aldo Leopold. The Ethics of Respect for Nature, Paul W. Taylor. Risk and Justice: Capitalist Production and the Environment, Rodger C. Field. 7. Challenging Market Appropriations and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Animal Liberation, Peter Singer. A Different Path, Richard Heinberg. The Cost of Biotech Fever, Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman. Biotechnology is Not Compatible with Sustainable Agriculture, Martha L. Crouch. The Human Genome Diversity Project: Indigenous Communities and the Commercialization of Science, Brian Tokar. The Ford Pinto, W. Michael Hoffman. At the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima or Why Political Questions are Not All Economic, Mark Sagoff. 8. Challenging Consumption. How Much Should a Country Consume? John Kenneth Galbraith. The Case That the World Has Reached Its Limits, Robert Goodland. A Proposal for Environmental Labels: Informing Consumers of the Real Costs of Consumption, Shari Collins-Chobanian. The Myth of Consume or Decline, Alan Thein Durning. Involuntary Simplicity: Changing Dysfunctional Habits of Consumption, Guy Claxton. 9. Challenges to Business as Usual. Whistleblowing and Professional Responsibility, Sissela Bok. Whistleblowers and the Narrative of Ethics, C. Fred Alford. Economies for Life, David C. Korten.show more

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