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Ethics in the Anthropology of Business

Explorations in Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy, 1st Edition

Edited by Timothy de Waal Malefyt, Robert J Morais


160 pages

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Ethics in business is a major topic both in the social sciences and in business itself. Anthropologists, long attendant to the intersection of ethics and practice, are particularly well suited to offer vital insights on the subject.

This timely collection considers a range of ethical issues in business through the examination of anthropologically informed theory and case examples. The meaning of ethical values, practices, and education are explored, as well as practical ways of implementing them, while the specific ethical challenges of industries such as advertising, market research, and design are considered. Contributions from anthropologists in business and academia promise a broad range of perspectives and add to the growing discussion on the ways anthropologists study, work, teach, and engage in a variety of industry settings.

Engagingly written, Ethics in the Anthropology of Business will be of interest to a wide variety of audiences, including practicing anthropologists, current and future business leaders, and scholars and students from a range of social sciences.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Capitalism, Work, and Ethics

Timothy de Waal Malefyt and Robert J. Morais

2 Redesigning Anthropology’s Ethical Principles to Align with Anthropological Practice

Elizabeth K. Briody and Tracy Meerwarth Pester

3 Such Bitter Business: Reconciling Ethical Domains in Practice

John F. Sherry, Jr.

4 The Ethics of the Profession of Business Anthropology

Allen W. Batteau and Bradley J. Trainor

5 Ethical Challenges and Considerations in Global Networked Organizations

Julia C. Gluesing

6 Owning It: Evolving Ethics in Design and Design Research

Christine Miller

7 Advertising Anthropology Ethics

Timothy de Waal Malefyt and Robert J. Morais

8 Ethical Ambiguities in a Design Anthropology Class

Jo Aiken, Victoria Schlieder, and Christina Wasson

9 Reflections on Refocusing Business Education: A Human- Centered Approach

Dawn Lerman

About the Editors

Timothy de Waal Malefyt is a Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, USA. A trained anthropologist, he has over 15 years of business experience working in advertising firms.

Robert J. Morais is Principal Emeritus of Weinman Schnee Morais Inc. and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, USA. A trained anthropologist, he has 35 years of experience working for a range of global businesses.

About the Series

Anthropology & Business

Crossing boundaries, innovating praxis
Both anthropology and business work at the forefront of culture and change. As anthropology brings its concerns with cultural organization and patterns of human behavior to multiple forms of business, a new dynamic of engagement is created. In addition to expanding interest in business as an object of study, anthropologists increasingly hold positions within corporations or work as independent consultants to businesses. In these roles, anthropologists are both redefining the discipline and innovating in industries around the world. These shifts are creating exciting cross-fertilizations and advances in both realms: challenging traditional categories of scholarship and practice, pushing methodological boundaries, and generating new theoretical entanglements. This series advances anthropology's multifaceted work in enterprise, from marketing, design, and technology to user experience research, work practice studies, finance, and many other realms.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General