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Summary: Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics, four editions provides students with a sociopolitical framework for looking at business ethics. This text takes students from a common, skeptical starting point -- Why study business ethics? -- to the very heart of ethical and political theory. It provides students with the social/political framework for examining important business issues through text, readings, case studies, and decision scenarios.Edition/Copyright: 4TH 00
PART I: BUSINESS AND PHILOSOPHY.
1. PHILOSOPHICAL ETHICS AND BUSINESS.
Introduction. US Steel and Youngstown, Ohio. What is Ethics? Ethical Relativism: Who's to Say What Is Right or Wrong? Business Ethics: The Free Market Theory. Milton Friedman: The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase its Profits. Doing Business Ethics: An Analysis of Friedman. Friedman's Radical Position. Free Society Ethics and Law: Is Obedience to the Law Enough? The Tax Argument. Summary. Study Questions.
2. UTILITARIANISM AND THE FREE MARKET.
Utilitarianism. Versions of Utilitarianism. Contemporary Versions. Challenges to Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism Defense of the Free Market. An Analysis of the Utilitarian Defense. Psychological Egoism: Are People Naturally Selfish? Is the Market the Best Means? The Good of the Free Market. Means and Ends. Summary. Study Questions.
3. RIGHTS AND THE MARKET.
A Theory of Rights. Rights and Respect. Autonomy. The Scope of Rights. Basic and Derivative Rights: Resolving Conflicts. Moral and Legal Rights. Rights Arguments for the Free Market. A Right to Liberty and the Free Market. Capitalism and Democracy. Private Property Rights and the Free Market. Summary. Study Questions.
4. THE CORPORATION AS A SOCIAL INSTITUTION.
The Nature of the Corporation. Stakeholder Theory and Its Critics. Positive and Negative Duties. Social Contract Theory. The Corporation as a Morally Responsible Agent. Corporate Governance and Control. Summary. Study Questions. A Debate On Stakeholder Theory-Some Readings: William Evan and R. Edward Freeman A Stakeholder Theory of the Modern Corporation: Kantian Capitalism. Alexei Marcoux Balancing Act. Robert Phillips Defending Stakeholder Theory.
PART II: BUSINESS AND EMPLOYEES.
5. EMPLOYMENT SECURITY: DISMISSALS AND LAYOFFS.
Individual Dismissal. Employment at Will. U.S. Modifications to Employment at Will. Just Cause Policies. Just Cause vs. EAW. Mass Layoffs. American vs. European Approaches to Layoffs. Employability: A New Social Contract? Case Study: Levi Strauss and Company Downsizes. Patricia Werhane: The Right to Due Process. Ian Maitland: Rights in the Workplace: A Nozickian Argument. Jeffrey Pfeffer: Practices of Successful Organizations: Employment Security. Rosabeth Moss Kanter: The New Security: Employability. Barbara Andolsen: The New 'Employability Contract' and Social Contract Theory. Decision Scenarios.
6. EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES.
Employee Responsibilities in Law. Professional Responsibilities. Honesty in Employment. Loyalty and Whistleblowing. Conflicts of Interest and Insider Trading. Case Study: After the Challenger Disaster. Albert Carr: Is Business Bluffing Ethical? Ronald Duska: Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty. Mike Martin: Whistleblowing: Professionalism, Personal Life, and Shared Responsibility for Safety in Engineering. Jennifer Moore: What is Really Unethical about Insider Trading? William Hamilton and William Callahan: The Accountant as a Public Professional. Decision Scenarios.
7. EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION.
European Ideas, American Experience. The Teamwork for Employees and Management Act. Assessing Participation: Consequences and Rights. The Roles of Organized Labor and Management. Case Study: Backtracking at Saturn? John J. McCall: An Ethical Basis for Employee Participation. Jan Narveson: Participation and Democracy. Decision Scenarios.
The Nature of Privacy. The Value of Privacy. The Extent of Privacy: Workplace and Consumer Privacy. Case Study: Who's Reading Your Emails? Joseph DesJardins and Ronald Duska: Drug Testing in Employment. Richard Spinello: Privacy in the Information Age. Joseph Kupfer: The Ethics of Genetic Screening in the Workplace. Decision Scenarios.
9. HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE.
The Value of Health. OSHA. Risky Work or Risky Workers? Case Study: American Cyanamid and Johnson Controls. James Chelius: The Occupational Safety and Health Problem. Mark MacCarthy: A Review of Some Normative and Conceptual Issues in Occupational Safety and Health. Decision Scenarios.
PART III: BUSINESS AND CONSUMERS.
10. PRODUCT SAFETY AND LIABILITY.
The History of Product Liability. Reforming Liability Law. Product Safety Regulation. Ethics and the Marketing of Dangerous Products. Case Study: Selling Guns: Negligent Marketing? N.Y. Court of Appeals: Helen Palsgraf and the Long Island Railroad Company. Peter Huber: The Liability Revolution and Its Consequences. John J. McCall: Fairness, Strict Liability and Public Policy. Steven Kelman: Regulation and Paternalism. Decision Scenarios.
11. ADVERTISING AND MARKETING.
Morality and Deception. Government Regulation of Deceptive Advertising. Non-Deceptive Marketing, Autonomy and Consumer Vulnerability. Case Study: Advertising Tobacco. John J. McCall: Deceptive Advertising. Joseph R. DesJardins and John McCall: Advertising and Free Speech. Ivan Preston: Reasonable Consumer or Ignorant Consumer? James C. Miller: Why FTC Curbs Are Needed. Robert Arrington: Advertising and Behavior Control. George Brenkert: Marketing to Inner-City Blacks: Power Master and Moral Responsibility. Lynn Sharp Paine: Children as Consumers: An Ethical Evaluation of Children's Television Advertising. Decision Scenarios.
PART IV: BUSINESS AND OTHER CONSTITUENCIES.
12. BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
Environment and Economics. Legal and Moral Standing. Growth and Sustainability. Consumerism and Consumption. Case Study: Walt Disney vs. the Sierra Club. William Baxter: People or Penguins. Mark Sagoff: At the Shrine of our Lady of Fatima. Christopher Stone: Should Trees have Standing? Norman Bowie: Morality, Money and Motor Cars. Joseph DesJardins: Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. Decision Scenarios.
13. DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORK PLACE.
Public Policy to Counter Discrimination. Sexual Harassment. Disabled Workers. Case Study. Robert Fullinwider: Preferential Hiring and Compensation. Richard Wasserstrom: A Defense of Programs of Preferential Treatment. Vicki Schultz: Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment. Gregory Kavka: Disability and the Right to Work. Decision Scenarios.
14. ETHICS AND MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS.
The Ethical Relativist Approach. The Non-Relativist Approach. Case Study: Indonesian Power Plants: Local Corruption and Multinationals. Richard DeGeorge: The Transfer of Dangerous Industries to Underdeveloped Countries. Thomas Donaldson: Rights in a Global Market. Manuel Velasquez: International Business, Morality and the Common Good. Patricia Werhane: The Moral Responsibility of Multinationals to Be Socially Responsible. George Brenkert: Marketing, the Ethics of Consumption and Less-Developed Countries. Decision Scenarios.
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