1st Edition

Ethics and Business
A Global Introduction




  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after May 27, 2021
ISBN 9789001865184
May 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
350 Pages 84 Color Illustrations

USD $54.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Preview

Book Description

Ethics in business is not a new topic and has been intensely discussed since the emergence of the so-called limited companies. However, privatization, technological and digital innovation, changes in moral perception, economic and financial crises and globalization stir a more recent debate on how companies should behave in our societies.

This book starts from the position that ethics in business should imply an open debate on norms and values, using a sound methodology to get there. Ethics should cross borders: not only the borders of a country, but also the borders of someone’s moral imagination. Ethics should not only be about harmony but also about conflict (and how to deal with that). Ethics should be realistic and well substantiated by academic research. Ethics should be used to understand the complexity of the world, and the challenges companies struggle with on various levels.

Therefore, this book is composed of three parts in which ethics is discussed at different levels. In part one we discuss ethics at the level of the individual. In part two we discuss ethics and business. In the third part, ethics is discussed in the context of a globalized world.

In each chapter, we discuss the ethical complications of each topic from various – and preferably opposing – perspectives. Each perspective is methodologically and academically substantiated. Each chapter ends with an extensive literature list in which the original sources are listed for further reading. Furthermore, at the end of each chapter, a summary is written in which the most important definitions and viewpoints are highlighted. The frequent use of colorful and bold examples make this an accessible read for bachelor and master students at business schools and professionals in international business.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1

Ethics and the individual

1 What is ethics?

1.1 Ethical behaviour?

1.2 Ethics as an academic discipline

1.3 Morality

1.4 The structural analysis

1.5 The structural evaluation

1.6 Ethics and related disciplines

Summary

Literature

2 Responsibility

2.1 The meaning of responsibility

2.2 The ability to take responsibility

2.3 Situational factors that influence responsibility

Summary

Literature

3 Normative ethics

3.1 Directions in normative ethics

3.2 Ethics for people

3.3 Ethics from people

3.4 Directions in ethics applied

Summary

Literature

4 A model for ethical

decision-making

4.1 An ethical dilemma

4.2 Step 1: moral questions

4.3 Step 2: moral stakeholders

4.4 Step 3: alternatives

4.5 Step 4: an informed choice

Summary

Literature

Part 2

Business and ethics

5 A short history of ethics in business

5.1 The industrial revolution

5.2 Current trends in society

5.3 The triple bottom line

Summary

Literature

6 Social values

6.1 The industrial revolution and social values of workers

6.2 Rights of workers in developed countries

6.3 Challenges in developed countries

6.4 Challenges in developing countries

6.5 Corruption

6.6 Social values of consumers

Summary

Literature

7 Ecological values

7.1 The tragedy of the commons

7.2 Towards a circular economy

Summary

Literature

8 Economic values

8.1 Economic values

8.2 Profit

Summary

Literature

9 Accountability

9.1 Transparency and compliance

9.2 The business of business is business

9.3 Voluntary accountability

9.4 Mandatory accountability

9.5 Collective industry self-regulation

Summary

Literature

Part 3

Ethics in a globalized world

10 Cultural diversity

10.1 Culture

10.2 Cultural differences on various levels

10.3 Cultural differences and business

10.4 Cultural differences between countries

Summary

Literature

11 Globalization: does the system work?

11.1 Why globalization is a good thing

11.2 Why globalization is a bad thing

Summary

Literature

Index

About the author

...
View More

Author(s)

Biography

Bart Wernaart is Lecturer in International Business and Management at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.