The concept of corporate responsibility

Journal of Business Ethics 2 (1):1 - 22 (1983)
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Opening with Ford Motor Company as a case in point, this essay develops a broad and systematic approach to the field of business ethics. After an analysis of the form and content of the concept of responsibility, the author introduces the principle of moral projection as a device for relating ethics to corporate policy. Pitfalls and objections to this strategy are examined and some practical implications are then explored.The essay not only defends a proposition but exhibits a research style and a research program. Philosophical ethics and organizational management are joined in the process.



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Kenneth E. Goodpaster
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