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The Rise of Business Ethics

By Bernard Mees Copyright 2020
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

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    In 1973, Daniel Bell argued that corporations in post-industrial societies increasingly needed to behave in accord with widely accepted social norms, particularly in terms of ethical behavior and social responsibility. Yet widespread criticism of business behavior was not an invention of the 1960s and 70s or a product of changing commercial norms. The key feature historically has been business scandal. Understandings of how the field of business ethics has emerged are undeveloped, however.

    This book is the first attempt to explain the conditions which saw a focus develop on business ethics especially in the 1960s and 70s, and how the broader field developed to encompass related notions such as corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, ethical leadership, sustainable business and responsible management education.

    The Rise of Business Ethics provides an introduction and analysis of the key developments in contemporary business ethics by examining them in terms of their diachronic development – the key thinkers, the key issues, the key institutions and how they each contributed to contemporary understandings of business ethics, governance and practice. Addressing the topic from a European as well as North American perspective, The Rise of Business Ethics will be of interest to researchers, academics, and students in the fields of business ethics, business and society, business history, organization studies and political economy.



    1. Introduction

    2. The Corporate Revolution

    3. Religion and Philanthropy

    4. The Social Responsibilities of Business

    5. Business Philosophy

    6. Corporate Governance

    7. Ethical Leadership

    8. Sustainability

    9. Responsible Management

    10. Conclusion




    Bernard Mees is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.