Recognizing business ethics: Practical and ethical challenges in awarding prizes for good corporate behaviour [Book Review]
Graduate studies at Western
Journal of Business Ethics 86 (3):257 - 271 (2009)
|Abstract||There seems to be a proliferation of prizes and rankings for ethical business over the past decade. Our principal aims in this article are twofold: to initiate an academic discussion of the epistemic and normative stakes in business-ethics competitions; and to help organizers of such competitions to think through some of these issues and the design options for dealing with them. We have been able to find no substantive literature — academic or otherwise — that addresses either of these two broad topics and audiences. Our modest aim, therefore, is to suggest an agenda of issues, and to begin to explore and analyse some of the possible arguments for and against various philosophical or practical solutions. Part I explores the challenges facing a prize-organizing committee, including problems derived from what Rawls calls the "fact of pluralism" in democratic societies (reasonable people will always disagree over some basic values, including those relevant to evaluating business practices), and epistemic issues about how we can justify qualitative judgments on the basis of incomplete quantitative data. We also try to identify risks and opportunity costs for ethics-prize granters. In Part II we spell out (a) a range of design options and (b) some advice about how any particular prize-awarding committee might select among these options to best achieve its goals (which typically involve highlighting and publicizing best practices for ethical business)|
|Keywords||business ethics corporate citizenship prizes rankings social and ethical auditing and reporting|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Luc van Liedekerke & Wim Dubbink (2008). Twenty Years of European Business Ethics – Past Developments and Future Concerns. Journal of Business Ethics 82 (2):273-280.
Soheila Mirshekary & Ann D. K. Lawrence (2009). Academic and Business Ethical Misconduct and Cultural Values: A Cross National Comparison. [REVIEW] Journal of Academic Ethics 7 (3):141-157.
Alfonso R. Oddo (1997). A Framework for Teaching Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 16 (3):293-297.
Simon Webley & Andrea Werner (2008). Corporate Codes of Ethics: Necessary but Not Sufficient. Business Ethics 17 (4):405-415.
Brian W. Kulik (2009). More Than Lip Service: The Development and Implementation Plan of an Ethics Decision-Making Framework for an Integrated Undergraduate Business Curriculum. [REVIEW] Journal of Academic Ethics 7 (4):231-254.
Marvin T. Brown (2005). Corporate Integrity: Rethinking Organizational Ethics, and Leadership. Cambridge University Press.
Grant Michelson, Nick Wailes, Sandra Van Der Laan & Geoff Frost (2004). Ethical Investment Processes and Outcomes. Journal of Business Ethics 52 (1):1-10.
Elizabeth Vallance (1995). Business Ethics at Work. Cambridge University Press.
Yves Fassin (2005). The Reasons Behind Non-Ethical Behaviour in Business and Entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Ethics 60 (3):265 - 279.
Kamel Mellahi (2003). The Ethical Business: Challenges and Controversies. Palgrave Macmillan.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads4 ( #189,051 of 739,305 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #61,243 of 739,305 )
How can I increase my downloads?