Over thirty years ago, Alfred North Whitehead wrote: "If America is to be civilized, it has to be done (at least for the present) by the business class who are in possession of the power and the economic resources . . . . If the American universities were up to their job, they would be taking business in hand and teaching it ethics and professional standards. " * To the intellectual elites of his time, there was something of a minor in Whitehead's view. Few of them saw business as a civilizing force heresy and even fewer, feeling that business was not to be tamed, relished the role of the lion tamers. Not many today doubt Whitehead's wisdom. Organiza tions of wealth and power have accepted their corporate social responsibili ties, and universities have launched major efforts to provide ethical instruc tion for business personnel. So far as the scholars are concerned, they quickly came to realize the difficulty of an undertaking that seeks to redefine and apply moral criteria to a very complex corporate world. Philosophers, in particular, have learned (or perhaps have relearned) how their speculations on ethics must take into account the "living ethic" expressed in the American culture and here anthropologists, sociologists, and theologians were needed to provide an expertise that the moral manuals did not.
I. Overview.- 1 Business Ethics: Widening the Lens.- II. Perspectives from Religion.- 2 Jewish Ethical Perspectives toward Business.- 3 Christian Religious Traditions.- III. Perspectives from Law, Sociology, and Industrial Relations.- 4 Ideals of Competition and Today's Marketplace.- 5 America's Neopluralism: The Proliferation of Interest Groups and Their Crippling Effect on Older Norms.- 6 Unions in the Nineties: Implications for Business Ethics.- IV. Perspectives on Education: Disciplines and Disciples.- 7 King Midas in America: Science, Morality, and Modern Life.- 8 Business Students and Ethics: Implications for Professors and Managers.- V. A Special Perspective: The AIDS Crisis.- 9 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Biological, Ethical, and Moral Dilemmas of This Twentieth-Century Plague.- VI. Conclusion.- 10 Retrospection.
Series: Issues in International Security
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 30th June 1990
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.61