People in Corporations

People in Corporations : Ethical Responsibilities and Corporate Effectiveness

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Georges Enderle Before presenting some introductory remarks on the topic of this volume I should like to outline briefly the context from which this selection of articles originates. (It seems to me necessary to emphasise these circumstances in order to make clearer the contours of what is said and what is not said and to understand it better. ) This context involves, flrstly, a general evaluation of the state of the business ethics debate today and, secondly, considerations of the question of what attitude and strategy should be chosen in order to promote business ethics most effectively. On the present state of affairs of the business ethics debate Today, it is extremely difflcult, if not impossible, to gain even a rough overview of the business ethics debate in the different countries of Europe and North America. Many activities take place in informal circles and on a local and regional level; linguistic and other barriers impede the spread of information about them and, often, they are not even labelled "business ethics". At the same time, so many other things sail under the flag of "business ethics" that one sometimes wonders if it should not be replaced by another flag, for instance new methods of public-relations or better motivation of company's employees. Yet, in spite of these difflculties in deflning business ethics activities, one statement at least can be made with certainty.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 19.1mm | 562.46g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1990 ed.
  • VIII, 264 p.
  • 0792308298
  • 9780792308294

Table of contents

1 Introduction.- I: Personal Convictions and Corporate Claims: Ethical Conflicts and Solutions.- 2 The Responsible Corporation and the Subversive Side of Ethics.- 3 Ethical Decision-making in a National Utility: The Electricity Industry in France.- 4 Using the Techniques of Ethical Analysis in Corporate Practice.- 5 Ethical Responsibilities Versus Corporate Effectiveness.- 6 The Corporation As an Open Organisation.- 7 The Function of Management Control Systems in Innovative Organisations.- 8 Ethics and Interpersonal Trust in Corporate Management.- 9 The Parameters of Ethical Decision-making in Organisations.- II: "Empowering" People: End or Means?.- 10 The Ethical Challenge to the Corporations: Meaningful Progress and Individual Development.- 11 The Individual Dimension in Corporations.- 12 Human Development and the Images of the Organisation.- 13 Empowering People as an End for Business.- 14 On the Demand for Meaningful Work.- 15 Ethics and Labour Contracts: an Economist's Point of View.- 16 To Encourage or Repress? Corporate Policy and Whistle-blowing.- 17 The Responsibility of Individuals for a Company Disaster: The Example of the Zeebrugge Car Ferry.- III: Men and Women in Corporations: Repression, Competition or Co-operation?.- 18 Introductory Remarks.- 19 Male or Female Ethics for Corporations?.- 20 Demographic Pressure in Favour of the Promotion of Women.- 21 How to Include Women In Corporate Decision-Making.- IV: The Ethical Role of Top Managers.- 22 Who or What Is "the Boss"? Authority Without Authoritarianism.- 23 "I Am the Boss. Why Should I Be Ethical?".- 24 Ethics and the Definition of Business Strategy.- 25 Management as the Symbolisation of Ethical Values.- 26 Values and Types of Entrepreneurs in Small Business.- 27 Executive Decisions and Values.- Outlook Some Perspectives.- 28 Spheres and Limits of Ethical Responsibilities in and of the Corporation.- 29 Philosophical Considerations of a Top Manager.- 30 The Importance of the Cultural Context for Business Ethics: The Italian Example.- Note on the Contributors.
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