An Introduction to Business Ethics

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Since its inception An Introduction to Business Ethics, by Joseph Desjardins has been a cutting-edge resource for the business ethics course. DesJardin's unique approach encompasses all that an introductory business ethics course is, from a multidisciplinary perspective. It offers critical analysis and integrates the perspective of philosophy with management, law, economics, and public policy.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xii
Why Study Ethics?p. 1
Learning Objectivesp. 1
Discussion Case: Bernard Madoff's Ponzi Schemep. 2
Discussion Questionsp. 3
Why Study Business Ethics?p. 3
Values and Ethics: Doing Good and Doing Wellp. 6
The Nature and Goals of Business Ethicsp. 9
Business Ethics and the Lawp. 11
Ethics and Ethosp. 13
Morality, Virtues, and Social Ethicsp. 14
Ethical Perspectives: Managers and Other Stakeholdersp. 15
A Model for Ethical Decision Makingp. 16
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 17
Chapter Review Questionsp. 18
Ethical Theory and Businessp. 20
Learning Objectivesp. 20
Discussion Case: AIG Bonuses and Executive Salary Capsp. 21
Discussion Questionsp. 22
Introductionp. 23
Ethical Relativism and Reasoning in Ethicsp. 24
Modern Ethical Theory: Utilitarian Ethicsp. 29
Challenges to Utilitarianismp. 33
Utilitarianism and Business Policyp. 35
Deontological Ethicsp. 37
Virtue Ethicsp. 41
Summary and Reviewp. 44
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 45
Chapter Review Questionsp. 46
Corporate Social Responsibilityp. 48
Learning Objectivesp. 48
Discussion Case: Walmart: Socially Responsible and Green?p. 49
Discussion Questionsp. 53
Introductionp. 54
The Economic Model of Corporate Social Responsibilityp. 54
Critical Assessment of the Economic Model: The Utilitarian Defensep. 56
Critical Assessment of the Economic Model: The Private Property Defensep. 61
The Philanthropic Model of Corporate Social Responsibilityp. 64
Modified Version of the Economic Model: The Moral Minimump. 66
The Stakeholder Model of Corporate Social Responsibilityp. 68
Strategic Model of Corporate Social Responsibility: Sustainabilityp. 72
Summary and Reviewp. 74
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 76
Chapter Review Questionsp. 77
Corporate Culture, Governance, and Ethical Leadershipp. 80
Learning Objectivesp. 80
Discussion Case: Is Steve Jobs Health a Private Matter?p. 81
Discussion Questionsp. 82
Introductionp. 83
What is Corporate Culture?p. 83
Culture and Ethicsp. 85
Ethical Leadership and Corporate Culturep. 87
Effective Leadership and Ethical Leadershipp. 88
Building a Values-Based Corporate Culturep. 90
Mandating and Enforcing Ethical Culture: The Federal Sentencing Guidelinesp. 93
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 95
Chapter Review Questionsp. 96
The Meaning and Value of Workp. 99
Learning Objectivesp. 99
Discussion Case: Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneursp. 100
Discussion Questionsp. 102
Introductionp. 102
The Meanings of Workp. 104
The Value of Workp. 106
Conventional Views of Workp. 109
The Human Fulfillment Modelp. 111
The Liberal Model of Workp. 114
Business's Responsibility for Meaningful Workp. 116
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 118
Chapter Review Questionsp. 118
Moral Rights in the Workplacep. 121
Learning Objectivesp. 121
Discussion Case: Electronic Privacy at Workp. 122
Discussion Questionsp. 123
Introduction: Employee Rightsp. 123
The Right to Workp. 125
Employment at Willp. 129
Due Process in the Workplacep. 130
Participation Rightsp. 133
Employee Health and Safetyp. 136
Privacy in the Workplacep. 141
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 144
Chapter Review Questionsp. 145
Employee Responsibilitiesp. 147
Learning Objectivesp. 147
Discussin Case: Conflicts of Interests in Subprime Mortgages and at Enronp. 148
Discussion Questionsp. 153
Introductionp. 154
The Narrow View of Employee Responsibilities: Employees as Agentsp. 155
Professinal Ethics and the Gatekeeper Functionp. 159
Managerial Responsibility and Conflicts of Interestsp. 162
Trust and Loyalty in the Workplacep. 165
Responsibilities to Third Parties: Honesty, Whistle-blowing, and Insider Tradingp. 168
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 174
Chapter Review Questionsp. 175
Marketing Ethics: Product Safety and Pricingp. 177
Learning Objectivesp. 177
Discussion Case: Life Cycle Responsibility for Productsp. 178
Discussion Questionsp. 179
Introduction: Marketing and Ethicsp. 180
Ethical Issues in Marketing: An Overviewp. 181
Ethical Responsibility for Products: From Caveat Emptor to Negligencep. 183
Strict Product Liabilityp. 188
Ethics and Pricingp. 191
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 195
Chapter Review Questionsp. 196
Marketing Ethics: Advertising and Target Marketingp. 198
Learning Objectivesp. 198
Discussion Case: Predatory Lending: Subprime Mortgages and Credit Cardsp. 199
Discussion Questionsp. 201
Introduction: Ethics of Sales, Advertising, and Product Placementp. 201
Regulating Deceptive and Unfair Sales and Advertisingp. 204
Marketing Ethics and Consumer Autonomyp. 207
Targeting the Vulnerable: Marketing and Salesp. 212
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 216
Chapter Review Questionsp. 218
Business's Environmental Responsibilitiesp. 220
Learning Objectivesp. 220
Discussion Case: Sustainable Businessp. 221
Discussion Questionsp. 223
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Environmentp. 223
Business's Responsibility as Environmental Regulationp. 228
Business Ethics and Sustainable Economicsp. 229
Business Ethics in the Age of Sustainable Developmentp. 233
The ˘Business Case÷ for Sustainabilityp. 237
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 238
Chapter Review Questionsp. 239
Diversity and Discriminationp. 241
Learning Objectivesp. 241
Discussion Case: Reverse Discrimination?p. 242
Discussion Questionsp. 243
Introduction: Diversity and Equalityp. 243
Discrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Actionp. 245
Preferential Treatment in Employmentp. 251
Arguments Against Preferential Hiringp. 254
Arguments in Support of Preferential Hiringp. 258
Sexual Harassment in the Workplacep. 261
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 265
Chapter Review Questionsp. 266
International Business and Globalizationp. 268
Learning Objectivesp. 268
Discussion Case: Google and Doing Business in Chinap. 269
Discussion Questionsp. 271
Introductionp. 271
Ethical Relativism and Cross-Cultural Valuesp. 272
Cross-Cultural Values and International Rightsp. 275
Globalization and International Businessp. 277
Globalization and the Poorp. 279
˘Race to the Bottom÷p. 281
Democracy, Cultural Integrity, and Human Rightsp. 283
Reflections on the Chapter Discussion Casep. 286
Chapter Review Questionsp. 287
Photo Creditsp. 289
Indexp. 291
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