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  1. Shareholder Theory in Academia.Stephen Kershnar - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (3):359-382.
    The managers of colleges and universities have to make decisions on a wide range of issues with regard to goals and how they may be pursued. “Managers” refers to such positions as the president, provost, vice president dean, and director of a university. This paper lays out the theoretical basis for the right answer for these decisions. It does so by setting out the fundamental function of an academic institution, linking this function to a duty, and explaining how to satisfy (...)
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  2. Toward a Basic Mutual Understanding Between Confucian and Aristotelian Virtue Ethics.Shen-bai Liao - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (3):273-284.
    It is important for philosophers to find out positive approaches for increasing mutual understanding on those fundamental questions in both the Confucian and Aristotelian traditions of doing virtue ethics. The Aristotelian concept of the good and the Confucian concept of dao pose a question about the way human beings see the final principle of ethics. Staying within the realm of human life, Confucius develops two co-related perspectives of seeing the dao of human being. The first perspective sees the dao as (...)
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  3. The Dao of Business.Edward J. Romar & Anthony Graybosch - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (3):329-358.
    Using Daoism expressed by Chuang Tzu and the Confucianism in The Analects, The Great Learning, and the Mencius, this paper compares and contrasts Daoism and Confucianism as business ethics. In addition, it applies Daoism and Confucianism to several business cases.
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    Ethical Decision Making Surveyed Through the Lens of Moral Imagination.Mark S. Schwartz & W. Michael Hoffman - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (3):297-328.
    This paper attempts to build on the contribution to moral imagination theory by Patricia Werhane by further integrating moral imagination with new theoretical developments that have taken place in the business ethics field. To accomplish this objective, part one will review the concept of moral imagination, from its definitional origins to its full theoretical conceptualization. Part two will provide a brief literature review of how moral imagination has been applied in empirical research. Part three will analyze and apply the construct (...)
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  5. Volkswagen.Gina Vega - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (3):285-296.
    This paper describes the general disregard for relationships that leads to unethical behavior in business as well as in one’s personal life, using an illustration from 4,000 years ago and from today. Volkswagen has been characterized as just one more example of ethical violations that lead to long-lasting environmental, financial, and personal impacts. The story of Jacob’s life reflects the origin of this type of ethical behavior and stands in parallel to the eighty-year history of the Volkswagen corporation.
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    Afro-Communitarian Ethics.Bernie D’Angelo Asher - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (2):129-155.
    In recent times there have been increasing efforts at reinterpreting core CSR theories such as stakeholder theory with new perspectives as well as applying them to different contexts away from its Western masculinist connotations. This work seeks to add to these efforts by exploring the impacts that the African philosophical worldview of Afro-communitarianism has on small business stakeholder relationships. Specifically it discusses the kinds of relationships that owner/managers of small businesses, in adherence to Afro-communitarianism, maintain with their families, employees, local (...)
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    Adapting the Jewish Spiritual Practice of Mussar to Develop Business Students’ Character.Debra R. Comer & Michael Schwartz - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (2):177-196.
    Business ethics educators have been encouraged to cultivate students’ character, but have received meager instructions for doing so. Additionally, there has been insufficient focus on equipping students with the tools they need to foster their ethical development after completing our courses. In this paper, it is argued that the Jewish spiritual practice of Mussar, whose premise is that individuals can become better versions of themselves by repairing their character traits, can inform business ethics instruction. After presenting the tenets and historical (...)
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    The Impact of Institutional and Technical Social Responsibilities on the Likelihood of Corporate Fraud.Maretno A. Harjoto - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (2):197-228.
    Organizational theory argues that institutional social responsibility, which represents managers’ moral values, ethics, and norms, and technical social responsibility, which represents firms’ relationship with key stakeholders, influence corporate ethical behavior. We examine and compare the impacts of strengths and concerns of institutional and technical social responsibilities on the likelihood of corporate fraud. Using a sample of 152 high-profile corporate fraud cases in the U.S. during the 2000-2010 period, we find that firms’ corporate social responsibility activities reduce the likelihood of corporate (...)
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  9. Opportunity or Opportunism?Thomas G. Pittz, Philip G. Benson, Melissa Intindola & Manos Kalargiros - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (2):157-176.
    Despite attention to the concerns of labor migration by public policy makers and scholars, the effects of international recruitment policies in developed nations on the economies of the developing world have been largely unaddressed by management literature. This work addresses that lacuna by combining hitherto separate streams of management scholarship with the fledgling fields of nation and employer branding to consider their synthesis in an international context. This combination introduces the possibility for evaluating the effects of recruitment practices on developing (...)
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    Benefit Corporations as a Distraction.Amy Klemm Verbos & Stephanie L. Black - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (2):229-267.
    Benefit corporation legislation has rapidly disseminated in the United States. Its advocates claim it is a necessary corporate form to address the unique needs of for-profit social enterprises, despite many scholarly and legal practitioners who doubt the need for or wisdom of adopting this organizational form. Others suggest that the legislation is flawed and deficiencies should be addressed. After reviewing the present status of benefit corporation legislation, this article contributes to the discourse arguing that benefit corporations are unnecessary under the (...)
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    Ethics in the Eye of the Beholder.Jeff Everett, Dean Neu & Abu Shiraz Rahaman - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (1):1-40.
    This paper examines fair trade through a variety of ethical lenses as a means of determining whether or not it is, indeed, fair. The specific lenses employed are utilitarianism, justice, rights, virtue, and care. The context examined is coffee production and the analysis is based on twenty-three interviews conducted with fair trade coffee producers and other associated actors in the country of Guatemala. The paper highlights how each of these lenses draws attention to the unique moral dimensions of fair trade, (...)
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    Reconciling Ethical Theory and Practice.Patricia Grant, Surendra Arjoon & Peter McGhee - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (1):41-65.
    Recent work in ethical theory brings into question the ability of master-principle theories to provide guidance for normative behaviour and ethical reflection. Business ethics education and corporate ethics programmes are still heavily influenced by these theories which have been found to be deficient in adequately dealing with ethical reflection and guiding practice. There appears to be a dissonance between the fields of ethical theory and business ethics education. This paper explores this dissonance by developing a business ethics pedagogical model which (...)
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    Attitudes Toward Employee Rights Among the States.Marc S. Mentzer - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (1):67-78.
    The connection between U.S. political culture and strictness of employment regulation is examined. Political culture has been influenced by the patterns of English settlers, most notably the divergence between the Puritan-influenced values of New England and the royalist-influenced values of the American South.
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    Consumers' Concerns with How They Are Researched Online.Caroline Moraes - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (1):79-101.
    Increased consumer usage of the internet has highlighted a number of problematic online marketing practices, including the use of online platforms to research consumers without full consumer awareness. Despite current debates regarding online research ethics from a marketing perspective, scant research has been published on consumers’ concerns with how they are researched online, which is a knowledge gap this paper seeks to address through qualitative research with UK consumers. This is an important yet neglected topic, given that consumer voices have (...)
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    Workplace Bullying Among Public Sector Employees.Deniz Öztürk & Semra F. Aşcıgil - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (1):103-126.
    This study aims to explore the influence of workplace bullying incidences on both targets and bystanders with respect to their perceptions of organizational justice and organizational citizenship behavior. Responses from 288 white-collar public employees revealed that one third of the participants stated themselves as being exposed to workplace bullying behavior in the last six months. As hypothesized, findings support the view that workplace bullying experience plays a significant negative role in organizational justice and citizenship behavior perceptions. Moreover, a significant negative (...)
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