1st Edition

Business Ethics in the Middle East

ISBN 9781138222939
Published June 1, 2018 by Routledge
276 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Business Ethics in the Middle East fills a crucial gap in the Middle East educational landscape. Written in an easy and accessible format, this book covers the foundations of business ethics by drawing from both Eastern and Western traditions. The chapters include many examples, case studies, activities, and illustrations that are customized to the Middle Eastern market, yet relevant to readers outside of the Middle East who want thorough insights about business behaviour in the region. A special module introduces the Arab Middle Eastern context that non-Arab readers will find valuable.

The author addresses topics related to organizational culture, leadership, CSR, corporate governance, marketing, HR, accounting, finance, and production. This is accomplished with a deep attention to the cultural and contextual elements of the Middle East. Special attention is given to religious business ethics, while still deeply engaging the vast heritage of Western ethical systems. This combination is essential for the development of a comprehensive approach to the topic of business ethics.

This textbook will be essential reading for students of business ethics in the Middle East and will also be valuable for students and researchers across business ethics, Islamic Studies, religion, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: What is Ethics?

MODULE 1: The Arab Middle East

Chapter 2: Descriptive Ethics – Explaining People’s Actual Behaviors

Chapter 3 - The Arab Ethical System

MODULE 2: Islamic Business Ethics

Chapter 4: Philosophical Ethics and Developing an Ethical Mindset

MODULE 3: Global Initiatives Supporting Transparency and Sustainability

Chapter 5: Ethics at the Strategy Level

Chapter 6: Ethics in Business Functions – Marketing & Production

Chapter 7: Ethics in Business Functions – HR, Accounting & Finance

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Yusuf Sidani (PhD) is Professor of Leadership and Business Ethics at the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut. His research focuses on business/employee ethics and gender and diversity in organizations, with a special interest in the Middle East region.


"This book is ideal for those who want to learn about business ethics in the Middle East and what it means to be an ethical business leader. Written by a world class expert in business ethics."

W. Glenn Rowe, Strategy Professor, Ivey Business School, Canada

"Understanding ethics is the bedrock of good governance, and so peace, stability, and economic prosperity. Yusuf Sidani’s remarkable work connects global standards to local contexts, while unraveling twisted threads through educational cases and exercises. Business Ethics in the Middle East is an essential, comprehensive, and timely reference, as the region prepares a future generation of leaders, destined to transform our businesses and societies alike."

Abdulsalam Haykal, CEO of Haykal Group, Abu Dhabi, UAE