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  1. Moses L. Pava (forthcoming). Developing a Religiously Grounded Business Ethics: A Jewish Perspective. Business Ethics Quarterly.
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  2. Moses L. Pava (2011). Jewish Ethics in a Post-Madoff World: A Case for Optimism. Palgrave Macmillan.
    Machine generated contents note: -- PART 1: Overview * Jewish Ethics in a New Key * Temptations of Tradition * Sacred Compromise * Renewing Jewish Ethics * PART II: On the Ground * Learning to Speak about the Elephant in the Room * The Art of Moral Criticism * Deal Breaker and the Money Laundering Rabbis * Loving the Stranger and the Fall of the Agriprocessors * The Problem with Income and Wealth Inequalities * PART III: Frontiers * "The Exaltation (...)
     
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  3. Moses L. Pava (2009). Jewish Ethics as Dialogue: Using Spiritual Language to Re-Imagine a Better World. Palgrave Macmillan.
    The case for dialogue -- Increasing moral capital through moral imagination -- The art of ethical dialogue -- Intelligent spirituality in business -- Spirituality in (and out) of the classroom -- Listening to the anxious atheists -- Beyond the flat world metaphor -- Dialogue as a restraint on wealth -- The limits of dialogue.
     
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  4. Moses L. Pava (2009). The Exaggerated Moral Claims of Evolutionary Psychologists. Journal of Business Ethics 85 (3):391 - 401.
    This article explores and examines some of the findings from the burgeoning field of evolutionary psychology. How important are these results to our understanding of morality and ethics? In addition, more specifically, how important are theses results to our understanding of business ethics? I believe that the jury is still out on these questions. This article: (1) summarizes some of the strengths of evolutionary psychology (of which there are several); (2) identifies specific findings and suggests that many of these findings (...)
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  5. Moses L. Pava (2008). ‹Loving the Distance Between Them:' Thinking Beyond Howard Gardner's “Five Minds for the Future”. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 83 (2):285 - 296.
    In his book, Five Minds for the Future (2006), Howard Gardner offers both a constructive critique of current educational practices and an alternative vision for the future of education. Gardner, best known for his seminal work on multiple intelligences, grounds his major conclusions primarily on the results of his impressive, decade-long, and massive Good Works Project. Despite my several agreements and significant overlap with Howard Gardner, I believe that there is insufficient evidence to accept fully his policy prescriptions. Gardner's selection (...)
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  6. Moses L. Pava (2008). Why Corporations Should Not Abandon Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 83 (4):805 - 812.
    Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, in his recent book Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life (2007), rejects outright the call for increased corporate social responsibility. He believes that social responsibility advocates are wasting resources and efforts on a doomed project. This article suggests that while Reich raises several interesting concerns in his counter-intuitive book, especially about the rise in corporate political power, ultimately his argument is unconvincing. Worse yet, a careful reading suggests that Reich does (...)
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  7. Moses L. Pava (2007). A Response to “Getting to the Bottom of 'Triple Bottom Line'”. Business Ethics Quarterly 17 (1):105-110.
    Wayne Norman and Chris MacDonald launch a strong attack against Triple Bottom Line or 3BL accounting in their article “Gettingto the Bottom of ‘Triple Bottom Line’” (2004). This response suggests that, while limitations to 3BL accounting do exist, the critique of Norman and MacDonald is deeply flawed.
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  8. Moses L. Pava (2007). Spirituality in (and Out) of the Classroom: A Pragmatic Approach. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 73 (3):287 - 299.
    This paper is divided into two sections. In the first section, I discuss “what is spirituality?” and in the section that follows, I examine some of the implications of my definition to the teaching of spirituality in an undergraduate business ethics course. For the purposes of this paper, spirituality is defined as the planned experience (the inner feeling) of blending integrity and integration through 1 – acceptance (of the past), 2 – commitment (to the future), 3 – reasonable choice, 4 (...)
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  9. Laura P. Hartman & Moses L. Pava (2005). Sony Online Entertainment: Everquest® or Evercrack? Oxford Style Debate Presented at Tenth Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 58 (1-3):17 - 26.
    . Part C of this three part series is the presentation from the Oxford style debate held at the Tenth Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics between Laura Hartman, J.D., and Dr. Moses Pava on topics related to the EverQuest® v. EverCrack case (Part B). In a traditional Oxford style debate, two debaters take opposing viewpoints and the third debater argues the neutral position. At the Conference, the modified format featured the two debaters presenting diametrically opposing views – corporate (...)
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  10. Moses L. Pava (2004). Re‐Imagining a Working Definition of Spirituality. Business and Society Review 109 (1):115-125.
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  11. Moses L. Pava (2003). Searching for Spirituality in All the Wrong Places. Journal of Business Ethics 48 (4):393 - 400.
    This paper examines three popular and important books on spirituality in business: Mitroff and Denton's A Spiritual Audit of Corporte America, Nash and McLennan's Church on Sunday, Work on Monday, and Lerner's Spirit Matters. Interestingly, none of these books can find satisfactory examples of legitimate spirituality in business. This paper suggests that one reason these authors can not find acceptable models of spirituality in business is that they are all employing an unnecessarily restrictive definition of spirituality. The paper concludes by (...)
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  12. Moses L. Pava (2003). A Review of Church on Sunday, Work on Monday. [REVIEW] Business and Society Review 108 (1):139-150.
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  13. Moses L. Pava (2002). The Path of Moral Growth. Journal of Business Ethics 38 (1-2):43 - 54.
    This paper, following the work of the sociologist Philip Selznick, identifies three stages of moral development in organizations: ethical improvisation, ethical institutionalization, and ethical revival. I argue here that the developmental perspective is inherent in the structure of biblical narrative, especially in the stories of Genesis and Exodus. The paper concludes by debunking three common myths associated with business ethics.
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  14. Moses L. Pava (2001). The Many Paths to Covenantal Leadership: Traditional Resources for Contemporary Business. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 29 (1-2):85 - 93.
    Many corporate managers are increasingly looking to the covenant model for inspiration, guidance, and most of all, practical business wisdom. While some managers seemingly exploit the religiously inspired language of covenant for purely self-interested reasons, other managers and executives like Tom Chappell of Tom''s of Maine, Max De Pree of Herman Miller, Aaron Feurstein of Malden Mills, and C. William Pollard of ServiceMaster, express an authentic attachment to the idea. While these executives have been the most articulate and the most (...)
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  15. Moses L. Pava (1999). The Search for Meaning in Organizations: Seven Practical Questions for Ethical Managers. Quorum.
    This book is an engaging contribution to the literature on management, business and society, and the theory and practice of ethics.
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  16. Moses L. Pava, Jeremy Pava & Joel Hochman (1999). Fairness as a Constraint in the Real Estate Market. Journal of Business Ethics 19 (1):91 - 97.
    Community standards, ethical norms, and perceptions of fairness often serve as constraints on pure profit maximizing behavior. Consider the following examples: Most hardware stores refrain from raising prices on snow shovels after a major snow storm, even where short term profits might be increased. Most employers do not lower wages for existing employees, even as unemployment in the area increases. Automobile dealerships rarely raise sticker prices to cope with the long waiting periods for a popular model. Each of these anomalies (...)
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  17. Moses L. Pava (1998). Developing a Religiously Grounded Business Ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly 8 (1):65-83.
    The specific purpose of this introductory paper is to explicitly introduce readers to some of the important Biblical, Talmudic, andpost-Talmudic texts which deal with business ethics. As the discussion will show, Judaism’s traditional texts treat an amazing variety of issues emphasizing responsibilities in the business context. These texts are both legalistic and aspirational in character. The theme of this study is that an authentic Jewish business ethics needs to grow out of an understanding of the needs of modern, complex economies (...)
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  18. Moses L. Pava (1998). Religious Business Ethics and Political Liberalism: An Integrative Approach. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 17 (15):1633-1652.
    Increasingly many business practitioners and academics are turning to religious sources as a way of approaching and answering difficult questions related to business ethics. There now exists a relatively large literature which attempts to integrate business decisions and religious values. The integration, however, is not without difficulties. For many, religious ethics provides the basis and the ultimate authority for a morally meaningful life. Yet, at the same time, in certain contexts, it is often inappropriate to rely and to publicly justify (...)
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  19. Moses L. Pava (1998). The Substance of Jewish Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 17 (6):149-163.
    Philosophers generally agree that meaningful ethical statements are universal in scope. If so, what sense is there to speak about a business ethics particular to Judaism? Just as a Jewish algebra and a Jewish physics are contradictions in terms, so too, is the notion of a particularly Jewish business ethics. The goal of this paper is to deny the above assertion and to explore the potentially unique characteristic of a Jewish business ethics. Ethics, in the final analysis, is not like (...)
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  20. Moses L. Pava & Joshua Krausz (1997). Criteria for Evaluating the Legitimacy of Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 16 (3):337-347.
    The goal of this paper is to provide a general discussion about the legitimacy of corporate social responsibility. Given that social responsibility projects entail costs, it is not always obvious under what precise conditions managers will have a responsibility to engage in activities primarily designed to promote societal goals.In this paper we discuss four distinct criteria for evaluating the legitimacy of corporate projects for institutionalizing social responsibility.
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  21. Moses L. Pava (1996). The Talmudic Concept of “Beyond the Letter of the Law”: Relevance to Business Social Responsibilities. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 15 (9):941 - 950.
    The idea of corporate social responsibility is neither new nor radical. The core belief is that business managers, even in their role as managers, have responsibilities to society beyond profit maximization. Managers, in pursuing their primary goal of increasing shareholder value, have social responsibilities in addition to meeting the minimal requirements of the law. Nevertheless, the call for increased social responsibility on the part of business managers remains controversial. At least two major perspectives on social responsibility can be isolated. The (...)
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  22. Moses L. Pava & Joshua Krausz (1996). The Association Between Corporate Social-Responsibility and Financial Performance: The Paradox of Social Cost. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 15 (3):321 - 357.
    It is generally assumed that common stock investors are exclusively interested in earning the highest level of future cash-flow for a given amount of risk. This view suggests that investors select a well-diversified portfolio of securities to achieve this goal. Accordingly, it is often assumed that investors are unwilling to pay a premium for corporate behavior which can be described as socially-responsible.Recently, this view has been under increasing attack. According to the Social Investment Forum, at least 538 institutional investors now (...)
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