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It's Good Business : Ethics and Free Enterprise for the New Millennium - Professor Robert C. Solomon

It's Good Business

Ethics and Free Enterprise for the New Millennium

Paperback Published: 5th December 1997
ISBN: 9780847688043
Number Of Pages: 358

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Tackling the most pressing challenges the global world of business will provide in the next millennium, internationally recognized philosopher Robert C. Solomon takes a hard look at the responsibilities and concerns of corporations, employees, and consumers. Solomon considers the demands of balancing profit making with social responsibility, the pressures of addressing sexual harassment and affirmative action in the workplace, and strategies for working within and creating a variety of corporate cultures. Solomon persuasively argues that success does not have to come at the price of integrity. "Good ethics," he concludes, "is good business." Extensive case studies, questionnaires, and problem-solving exercises make this an essential guide for navigating the sometimes treacherous terrain of ethical decision-making in a highly competitive environment.

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Solomon takes an often addressed topic and presents it in a clear and readable manner. . . .The wide range of issues and case studies covered, coupled with clarity and creativity of presentation, makes this book especially valuable to readers seeking an introduction to business ethics....This will be a welcome addition to both academic and professional libraries. Upper-division undergraduates and above.--CHOICE

Introductionp. 1
Ethics and Business: Business as Ethics
The One-Minute Moralistp. 9
Some Opening Casesp. 12
Why Ethics?p. 16
The Myth of Amoral Businessp. 21
A Personal Ethical Auditp. 23
Fantasies of Black and White: In Defense of Colorsp. 25
Compliance, Contributions, and Consequences: The Meaning of Integrityp. 27
Ethics and the Lawp. 30
The Limits of Ethics: Business Scump. 33
Practices Make Perfect: A Better Way to Look at Businessp. 38
The Question of Qualityp. 42
The Question of Quantity, Is Big So Bad?p. 46
Strategic Ethicsp. 51
The Forces of Change: Ten Ongoing Ethical Challengesp. 56
The Strategic Ethical Responsep. 59
Thinking Ethics: The Rules of the Gamep. 62
How to Make a Decision: Eleven Steps to Ethical Problem Solvingp. 66
The Buck Stops Somewhere: Responsibilityp. 70
From Micro to Macro: Seven Levels of Business Ethicsp. 72
Motivation, Money, and Morals: Micro-Ethics
Beyond the Profit Motivep. 81
The Entrepreneur: A Hero for Our Time?p. 83
Business and the Good Lifep. 86
Having Fun - and Looking Out for Number Onep. 90
Everything Money Can Buyp. 93
Playing Games: Business and the Casino Culturep. 98
The Ethics of Game Theoryp. 102
Business and Poker: A Dangerous Analogyp. 107
Is It Ever Right to Lie? (On Truth in Advertising)p. 110
Morality: The Basic Rulesp. 116
The Motivation of Moralityp. 120
Ethical Stylesp. 121
An Ethical Styles Questionnairep. 125
Strategic Planning - For the Good Lifep. 129
In, Out, and Up the Organization: Molar Ethics
What Do You Do?p. 135
Corporate Culturesp. 137
Corporate Ethicsp. 141
Corporate Culture and Ethics Checklistp. 147
Ends, Means, and Methods: The Rationality of Businessp. 149
Ethics, Efficiency, and Effectivenessp. 153
As Easy as X, Y, Z: The Meaning of Managementp. 156
Pressures and Pyramids: Authority and Autonomyp. 160
Lost in the Corporation: Moral Mazesp. 164
Corporate Codes of Ethicsp. 166
The Ethical Advocate: The Board of Directorsp. 171
Corporate Loyaltyp. 174
A Good Day's Work: The Eclipse of Meritp. 178
Corporate Poisonp. 181
The System Problemp. 184
Corporate Pathologyp. 188
Blowing the Whistlep. 190
The Internal Ethical Auditp. 195
Social Responsibility: Society and the Stakeholder
Why Social Responsibility?p. 203
"Impact" and the Stakeholderp. 208
Friedman's Paradoxp. 213
The Puzzle of Corporate Responsibilityp. 218
The Seven Deadly Corporate Sinsp. 223
Mergers and Acquisitions: The Ethical Dimensionp. 225
Liability in a Litigious Societyp. 228
Fairness in the Corporation, Justice in the Marketplacep. 234
The Tragic Antagonism Between Labor and Managementp. 240
Equality and Equal Opportunityp. 246
Legal Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rightsp. 252
The Right to Dignity: "Harassment" and Sex in the Officep. 258
The Environment: The Silent Stakeholderp. 264
Noblesse Oblige: Business and Culturep. 274
The Social-Responsibility Auditp. 280
The New World of Business: A Macro-Ethical View
Is the Free Market Fair?p. 287
Spinoza's Wormp. 289
Economics and Ethics: An Untenable Dualismp. 290
Why Business?p. 293
The Judgments of History: The Ascent of Free Enterprisep. 297
Classical Capitalism: Adam Smithp. 301
The Marx Brothers: Questions That Won't Go Awayp. 305
An Ethical View of Capitalism: Costs and Benefitsp. 310
Beating the Bogeyman: Regulation and Business Revisitedp. 315
International Ethics: When in Rome, or Tokyo, or ...p. 321
Conclusion: What Do We Stand For? People or Profits?p. 330
Indexp. 333
About the Authorp. 337
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ISBN: 9780847688043
ISBN-10: 0847688046
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 5th December 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 14.94  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.46