Facing Public Interest

Facing Public Interest : The Ethical Challenge to Business Policy and Corporate Communications

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Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as private business since business activities have widespread and sometimes far-reaching impacts on the community. The side-effects of entrepreneurial decision making - increasing unemployment, for instance, or pollution - increasingly expose corporations to the public gaze, with management in the limelight.
Facing Public Interest opens up new vistas on business policy and corporate communications facing public interest. The relationship between private enterprise and public interest is subjected to an ethical examination, highlighting the role of the general public as a locus of morality for business and the guiding concept of a corporate dialogue between management and the concerned public. Instructive case studies are also presented.
The volume not only proposes corporate dialogue: it puts into practice. Business leaders, representatives of citizens' groups, public affairs consultants, and academics discuss the topics thoroughly and thoughtfully in the best contributions to the seventh conference on the European Business Ethics Network, held at the University of St. Gallen in September 1994.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 275 pages
  • 162.6 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 589.68g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1995 ed.
  • IX, 275 p.
  • 079233633X
  • 9780792336334

Table of contents

Introduction: Business in the nineties: Facing public interest; P. Ulrich. Part I: Facing public interest: horizons of ethical challenge on business. Part II: Business in response to a concerned public: ethical foundations. Part III: Business in response to a concerned public: corporate policies and guidelines. Part IV: Corporate dialogue and public relations: critical issues. Part V: Ecological challenges and business response: examples and experiences. Part VI: Social challenges and business response: examples and experiences. Contributors.
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