The Business Ethics Workshop

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James Brusseau, Pace University

Pub Date: 2012

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Publisher: Saylor Foundation

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Reviewed by Alejandro Hortal, Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

The text covers all relevant ethical areas and theories. It provides also a vast number of cases as examples of the theories explained. Each chapter … read more



Reviewed by Wade Maki, Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

The text provides a solid grounding in argumentation, ethical theory (utilitarianism, Kant, virtue ethics, relativism etc...). It also covers topical … read more


Table of Contents

• Chapter 1: What Is Business Ethics?
o What Is Business Ethics?
o The Place of Business Ethics
o Is Business Ethics Necessary?
o Facebook and the Unavoidability of Business Ethics
o Overview of The Business Ethics Workshop
o Case Studies
• Chapter 2: Theories of Duties and Rights: Traditional Tools for Making Decisions in Business When the Means Justify the Ends
o The Means Justify the Ends versus the Ends Justify the Means
o Perennial Duties
o Immanuel Kant: The Duties of the Categorical Imperative
o Rights
o Case Studies
• Chapter 3: Theories of Consequence Ethics: Traditional Tools for Making Decisions in Business when the Ends Justify the Means
o What Is Consequentialism?
o Utilitarianism: The Greater Good
o Altruism: Everyone Else
o Egoism: Just Me
o Case Studies
• Chapter 4: Theories Responding to the Challenge of Cultural Relativism
o What Is Cultural Relativism?
o Nietzsche’s Eternal Return of the Same
o Cultural Ethics
o Virtue Theory
o Discourse Ethics
o Ethics of Care
o The Cheat Sheet: Rules of Thumb in Applied Ethics
o Case Studies
• Chapter 5: Employee’s Ethics: What’s the Right Job for Me?
o Finding Jobs to Want
o Working for Ethically Complicated Organizations
o Case Studies
• Chapter 6: Employee’s Ethics: Getting a Job, Getting a Promotion, Leaving
o The Résumé Introduction
o What Am I Worth?
o Plotting a Promotion
o Looking for a Better Job Outside the Company
o Take This Job and…
o Case Studies
• Chapter 7: Employee’s Ethics: Making the Best of the Job You Have as You Get from 9 to 5
o Taking Advantage of the Advantages: Gifts, Bribes, and Kickbacks
o Third-Party Obligations: Tattling, Reporting, and Whistle-Blowing
o Company Loyalty
o Stress, Sex, Status, and Slacking: What Are the Ethics of Making It through the Typical Workday?
o Case Studies
• Chapter 8: Manager’s Ethics: Getting, Promoting, and Firing Workers
o Hiring
o Wages
o Promoting Employees
o Firing
o Case Studies
• Chapter 9: Manager’s Ethics: Deciding on a Corporate Culture and Making It Work
o What Is Corporate Culture?
o The Relation between Organizational Culture and Knowing the Right Thing to Do
o Two Ethically Knotted Scenes of Corporate Culture: Clothes and Grooming
o What Culture Should a Leader Choose to Instill?
o Styles and Values of Management
o Case Studies
• Chapter 10: The Tense Office: Discrimination, Victimization, and Affirmative Action
o Racial Discrimination
o Gender Discrimination and Occupational Segregation
o Discrimination: Inferiority versus Aptness
o The Diversity of Discrimination and Victimization
o The Prevention and Rectification of Discrimination: Affirmative Action
o Case Studies
• Chapter 11: The Aroused Office: Sex and Drugs at Work
o Is There Anything Special about Sex?
o Bad Sex: Harassment
o Drugged
o The Organization Wants You to Use Drugs?
o Case Studies
• Chapter 12: The Selling Office: Advertising and Consumer Protection
o Two Kinds of Advertising
o Do Ads Need to Tell the Truth?
o We Buy, Therefore We Are: Consumerism and Advertising
o Consumers and Their Protections
o Case Studies
• Chapter 13: The Responsible Office: Corporations and Social Responsibility
o What Kind of Business Organizations Are There?
o Three Theories of Corporate Social Responsibility
o Should Corporations Have Social Responsibilities? The Arguments in Favor
o Should Corporations Have Social Responsibilities? The Arguments Against
o Case Studies
• Chapter 14: The Green Office: Economics and the Environment
o The Environment
o Ethical Approaches to Environmental Protection
o Three Models of Environmental Protection for Businesses
o Animal Rights
o Case Studies
• Chapter 15: The Domination Office: The Star System and Labor Unions
o What Is the Star System?
o Questions Provoked by the Star System
o Ethics: Justifying and Criticizing the Star System
o Unions
o Union Strikes
o Case Studies

About the Book

Ethics is about determining value; it’s deciding what’s worth doing and what doesn’t matter so much. Business ethics is the way we decide what kind of career to pursue, what choices we make on the job, which companies we want to work with, and what kind of economic world we want to live in and then leave behind for those coming after. There are no perfect answers to these questions, but there’s a difference between thinking them through and winging it. The Business Ethics Workshop provides a framework for identifying, analyzing, and resolving ethical dilemmas encountered through working life.

About the Contributors


James Brusseau (PhD, Philosophy) has taught ethics at the Mexican National University, California State University, and the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of Decadence of the French Nietzsche and Isolated Experiences: Gilles Deleuze and the Solitudes of Reversed Platonism. Currently, he teaches at Pace University near his home in New York City.