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Ethics for International Business : Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy - John M. Kline

Ethics for International Business

Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9780415351027
Number Of Pages: 288

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Business takes place in an increasingly global environment, crossing political and cultural boundaries, and consequently ethical dilemmas arise. The central focus of this text lies in how to make and explain "best choice" judgments in international business situations. br br This innovative textbook provides a topical and relevant analysis of the ethical dimensions of conducting business in a global political economy. From a starting point of applied ethics, the book introduces a common set of normative terms and analytical tools for examining and discussing real case scenarios. br br Extensive real-world examples, presented in the form of exhibits, cover issues including: br * Foreign production, including sweatshops br * Export of hazardous products br * Testing and pricing of HIV-AIDS drugs br * Advertising tobacco, alcoholic beverages and infant formula br * Deceptive marketing techniques and bribery br * Religious and social discrimination br * Cultural impacts from "music, movies and malls" br * Environmental issues, including oil spills, rain forest preservation, global warming and genetically modified foods br br Anyone with an interest in the ethical implications of international business, or the business implications of corporate responsibility in the global market, will find this book a thought-provoking yet balanced analysis. Clearly written, this book will be the textbook of choice in this increasingly important field.

'What marks this book as a "must read" is the ingenious approach John Kline takes to international business ethics. He not only shows that ethics matters, but just why it matters.' - Thomas Donaldson, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

The Value Foundation for a Global Society
Why Ethics Matters
Studying Ethics for International Business
Organization of the Book
Personal and Organizational Decision Making
Ethics and International Business
Ethical Analysis
Ethical Concepts and Principles
Legal and Social Contracts
Contracts with a Global Society
Delimiting Corporate Social Responsibility
Using Ethical Analysis in a Global Political Economy
Developing an Ethical Framework
Case Scenario Methodology
Human Rights Concepts and Principles
Individual Rights, State Authority and Human Rights
Civil and Political Rights and/or Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Ethical Minimum Conditions and Corollary Obligations
International Business, Human Rights and Good Corporate Citizenship
Political Involvements by Business
Chile versus South Africa
Lessons from the South African Experience
Colonialism and Civil War in Angola
Sudan's North-South Civil War
Military Repression in Burma
Mass Murder in Uganda
Controlling Trade in 'Conflict Diamonds'
Governance and Resource Allocation in Nigeria
A Novel Approach in Chad
Ethical Issues and Case Experience on Business Political Involvements
Foreign Production Process
Peeking Inside a 'Sweatshop'
Assessing Supply Chain Responsibilities
Living Wage, Debt Bondage and Union Rights
Communities and the Foreign Production Process
Emerging Efforts Toward Common International Standards
Product and Export Controls
Actors and Decision Tools
Product Risk for Consumers
Risk and Benefits for Multiple Stakeholders
Product Use and Abuse
International Trade in Hazardous Waste
The Movement Toward Global Standards
A Triple Dilemma for Pharmaceuticals
Marketing Motives and Methods
Choices for Marketing Standards and Values
International Marketing of Tobacco
Advertising Alcoholic Beverages
International Codes for Marketing Infant Formula
Racial and Ethnic Marketing Issues
General International Marketing Techniques
Marketing Through Bribery and Facilitating Payments
Culture and the Human Environment
Cultural Change in a Global Political Economy
Systemic Dimensions of Cultural Change
Clashes Between Local Culture and Global Values
Challenging Cultural Traditions: Music, movies and malls
Blends and Contrasts in Corporate Culture
Nature and the Physical Environment
Conceptualizing the Human Relationship with Nature
Protection, Restoration and Sustainable Development
Preservation versus Development - and Who Pays?
Market Mechanisms and Global Warming
Goals for Water Resource Management
Human Modifications of Nature through Biogenetics
Decisions to Alter or Adjust to the Natural Environment
Business Guidance and Control Mechanisms
National and International Law
Business Codes and Monitoring Mechanisms
Investment, Divestment and Shareholder Activism
Consumer Boycotts and Certification Schemes
Selecting the Best Means to an End
Deciding Ethical Dilemmas
Evolving Global Concern
Evolving Global Standards
Role Responsibilities and Approaches
Personal Decision Making
Appendix: UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Further Reading
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ISBN: 9780415351027
ISBN-10: 0415351022
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1