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Business Ethics

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OpenStax College

Pub Date: 2018

ISBN 13: 9781947172579

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Lou Cartier, Adjunct Instructor, Business and Management, Aims Community College on 8/1/19

At 367 pages, with 10 integrated, substantive chapters, constructive “end notes” and assessments on the evolution of ethical reasoning, leadership, and the challenges of “becoming an ethical professional” and “making a difference in the business... read more


Reviewed by Debra Sulai, Instructor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 3/12/19

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the key elements of ethical theory (Aristotelian virtue, Kantian deontology, utilitarianism, Rawls' theory of justice); the social, political, and cultural contexts of business; and the importance... read more


Reviewed by Steve Custer, Associate Professor, Oakland City University on 2/25/19

The Business Ethics textbook is comprehensive in that it covers a broad range of ethical issues as well as delving into the history of ethics. The online format enhances the easy of use for the index. read more


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Ethics Matter

  • 1.1 Being a Professional of Integrity
  • 1.2 Ethics and Profitability
  • 1.3 Multiple versus Single Ethical Standards

Chapter 2: Ethics from Antiquity to the Present

  • 2.1 The Concept of Ethical Business in Ancient Athens
  • 2.2 Ethical Advice for Nobles and Civil Servants in Ancient China
  • 2.3 Comparing the Virtue Ethics of East and West
  • 2.4 Utilitarianism: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number
  • 2.5 Deontology: Ethics as Duty
  • 2.6 A Theory of Justice

Chapter 3: Defining and Prioritizing Stakeholders

  • 3.1 Adopting a Stakeholder Orientation
  • 3.2 Weighing Stakeholder Claims
  • 3.3 Ethical Decision-Making and Prioritizing Stakeholders
  • 3.4 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Chapter 4: Three Special Stakeholders: Society, the Environment, and Government

  • 4.1 Corporate Law and Corporate Responsibility
  • 4.2 Sustainability: Business and the Environment
  • 4.3 Government and the Private Sector

Chapter 5: The Impact of Culture and Time on Business Ethics

  • 5.1 The Relationship between Business Ethics and Culture
  • 5.2 Business Ethics over Time
  • 5.3 The Influence of Geography and Religion
  • 5.4 Are the Values Central to Business Ethics Universal?

Chapter 6: What Employers Owe Employees

  • 6.1 The Workplace Environment and Working Conditions
  • 6.2 What Constitutes a Fair Wage?
  • 6.3 An Organized Workforce
  • 6.4 Privacy in the Workplace

Chapter 7: What Employees Owe Employers

  • 7.1 Loyalty to the Company
  • 7.2 Loyalty to the Brand and to Customers
  • 7.3 Contributing to a Positive Work Atmosphere
  • 7.4 Financial Intergrity
  • 7.5 Criticism of the Company and Whistleblowing

Chapter 8: Recognizing and Respecting the Rights of All

  • 8.1 Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce
  • 8.2 Accommodating Different Abilities and Faiths
  • 8.3 Sexual Identification and Orientation
  • 8.4 Income Inequalities
  • 8.5 Animal Rights and the Implications for Business

Chapter 9: Professions under the Microscope

  • 9.1 Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Culture
  • 9.2 The Influence of Advertising
  • 9.3 The Insurance Industry
  • 9.4 Ethical Issues in the Provision of Health Care

Chapter 10: Changing Work Environment and Future Trends

  • 10.1 More Telecommuting or Less?
  • 10.2 Workplace Campuses
  • 10.3 Alternatives to Traditional Patterns of Work
  • 10.4 Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and the Workplace of the Future

Chapter 11: Epilogue: Why Ethics Still Matter

  • 11.1 Business Ethics in an Evolving Environment
  • 11.2 Committing to an Ethical View
  • 11.3 Becoming an Ethical Professional
  • 11.4 Making a Difference in the Business World

About the Book

Business Ethics is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester business ethics course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including case studies, application scenarios, and links to video interviews with executives, all of which help instill in students a sense of ethical awareness and responsibility.

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