Two views of business ethics: A popular philosophical approach and a value based interdisciplinary one [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 4 (1):71 - 79 (1985)
I distinguish between two problems related to business ethics. (1) How can business ethics help morally conscientious business people to resolve moral problems in business? (2) Given the widespread belief that immorality, or at least amorality, is too prevalent in business, how can one discover both the sources of business amorality and immorality and make business as morally respectable an institution as possible? Philosophers who have concerned themselves with business ethics have emphasized (1), i.e., they consider the normative ethical principles applicable to solving moral questions in business. Although some benefit can be derived from this approach, there are a number of problems with this position. I then argue that, in considering (2), we ought to analyze business life styles (ideals) that have determined the character of American business people, and show both their negative and positive moral consequences. This analysis reveals the morality, or lack of it, in modern American business, possible changes in business morality, and possible ways of developing a desirable and viable business ethic. In a sketchy way, I show how this project can be developed.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Elizabeth Towell, Kathleen L. McFadden, William C. McCoy & Amy Buhrow (2012). Creating an Interdisciplinary Business Ethics Program. Journal of Academic Ethics 10 (2):93-112.
Michael S. Lane, Dietrich L. Schaupp & Hans Pohl (1991). An International Study of Ethics. International Journal of Value-Based Management 4 (2):77-93.
Similar books and articles
Johannes Brinkmann & Ken Peattie (2005). Exploring Business School Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics Education 2 (2):151-169.
Earl W. Spurgin (2004). Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places. Business Ethics Quarterly 14 (2):293-313.
Richard McCarty (1988). Business, Ethics and Law. Journal of Business Ethics 7 (11):881 - 889.
Louis G. Lombardi (1985). A Quick Justification for Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 4 (4):353 - 356.
Sandra B. Rosenthal (2000). Rethinking Business Ethics: A Pragmatic Approach. Oxford University Press.
Xinwen Wu (1999). Business Ethical Perceptions of Business People in East China. Business Ethics Quarterly 9 (3):541-558.
Patrick Primeaux & John Stieber (1994). Profit Maximization: The Ethical Mandate of Business. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 13 (4):287 - 294.
Joanne B. Ciulla (2011). Is Business Ethics Getting Better? A Historical Perspective. Business Ethics Quarterly 21 (2):335-343.
John R. Boatright (2000). Globalization and the Ethics of Business. Business Ethics Quarterly 10 (1):1-6.
Richard L. Lippke (1991). A Critique of Business Ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly 1 (4):367-384.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads18 ( #107,389 of 1,679,362 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #183,761 of 1,679,362 )
How can I increase my downloads?