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  1. Social Accountability and Corporate Greenwashing.William S. Laufer - 2003 - Journal of Business Ethics 43 (3):253 - 261.
    Critics of SRI have said little about the integrity of corporate representations resulting in screening inclusion or exclusion. This is surprising given social and environmental accounting research that finds corporate posturing and deception in the absence of external verification, and a parallel body of literature describing corporate "greenwashing" and other forms of corporate disinformation. In this paper I argue that the problems and challenges of ensuring fair and accurate corporate social reporting mirror those accompanying corporate compliance with law. Similarities and (...)
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    Is Formal Ethics Training Merely Cosmetic?: A Study of Ethics Training and Ethical Organizational Culture.Danielle E. Warren, Joseph P. Gaspar & William S. Laufer - 2014 - Business Ethics Quarterly 24 (1):85-117.
    U.S. Organizational Sentencing Guidelines provide firms with incentives to develop formal ethics programs to promote ethical organizational cultures and thereby decrease corporate offenses. Yet critics argue such programs are cosmetic. Here we studied bank employees before and after the introduction of formal ethics training—an important component of formal ethics programs—to examine the effects of training on ethical organizational culture. Two years after a single training session, we find sustained, positive effects on indicators of an ethical organizational culture . While espoused (...)
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  3. Is It Wrong to Criminalize and Punish Psychopaths?Andrea L. Glenn, Adrian Raine & William S. Laufer - 2011 - Emotion Review 3 (3):302-304.
    Increasing evidence from psychology and neuroscience suggests that emotion plays an important and sometimes critical role in moral judgment and moral behavior. At the same time, there is increasing psychological and neuroscientific evidence that brain regions critical in emotional and moral capacity are impaired in psychopaths. We ask how the criminal law should accommodate these two streams of research, in light of a new normative and legal account of the criminal responsibility of psychopaths.
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    Is Formal Ethics Training Merely Cosmetic? In Advance.Danielle E. Warren, Joseph Gaspar & William S. Laufer - 2014 - Business Ethics Quarterly 24 (1).
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    Corporate Ethics Initiatives as Social Control.William S. Laufer & Diana C. Robertson - 1997 - Journal of Business Ethics 16 (10):1029-1047.
    Efforts to institutionalize ethics in corporations have been discussed without first addressing the desirability of norm conformity or the possibility that the means used to elicit conformity will be coercive. This article presents a theoretical context, grounded in models of social control, within which ethics initiatives may be evaluated. Ethics initiatives are discussed in relation to variables that already exert control in the workplace, such as environmental controls, organizational controls, and personal controls.
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    Social Screening of Investments: An Introduction. [REVIEW]William S. Laufer - 2003 - Journal of Business Ethics 43 (3):163 - 165.
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    Are Corruption Indices a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? A Social Labeling Perspective of Corruption.Danielle E. Warren & William S. Laufer - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (4):841 - 849.
    Rankings of countries by perceived corruption have emerged over the past decade as leading indicators of governance and development. Designed to highlight countries that are known to be corrupt, their objective is to encourage transparency and good governance. High rankings on corruption, it is argued, will serve as a strong incentive for reform. The practice of ranking and labeling countries "corrupt," however, may have a perverse effect. Consistent with Social Labeling Theory, we argue that perceptual indices can encourage the loss (...)
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    Corporate Culpability and the Limits of Law.William S. Laufer - 1996 - Business Ethics Quarterly 6 (3):311-324.
    Ethicists and legal theorists have proposed models of corporate culpability that shift the standard of guilt determination from vicariousattribution of individual action and intention to an assessment of culture, policies, as well as organizational action and inaction. This paper briefly reviews four prominent models of corporate culpability, arguing that each makes claims that extend well beyond the limits of existing law. As an alternative to these models, a constructive corporate fault is described that relies on both objective and subjective reasonableness (...)
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    Collective Strategies in Fighting Corruption: Some Intuitions and Counter Intuitions. [REVIEW]Djordjija Petkoski, Danielle E. Warren & William S. Laufer - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (4):815 - 822.
    This article explores the plausibility of some intuitions and counter intuitions about the anti-corruption efforts of MDBs and international organizations leveraging the power of the private sector. Regulation of a sizable percentage of global private sector actors now falls into a new area of international governance with innovative institutions, standards, and programs. We wrestle with the role and value of private sector partnerships and available informal and formal social controls. Crafting proportional informal controls (e.g., monitoring, evaluations, and sanctions) and proper (...)
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    Author Reply: Vitacco, Erickson, and Lishner: Holding Psychopaths Morally and Criminally Culpable.Andrea L. Glenn, William S. Laufer & Adrian Raine - 2013 - Emotion Review 5 (4):426-427.
    Psychopathy is characterized by pronounced emotional deficits, yet individuals with psychopathic traits generally understand the law and the likely punishments for violating it. Vitacco, Erickson, and Lishner (2013) suggest that because of this appreciation, there is no question that psychopaths are criminally responsible. We make the modest argument that increasing psychological and neurological evidence calls into question whether conventional assumptions about an offender’s culpable states of mind hold true for psychopaths. It is likely, we suggest, that a wide range of (...)
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    Normative Business Ethics in a Global Economy: New Directions in Donaldsonian Themes.William S. Laufer & Alan Strudler - 2014 - Business Ethics Quarterly 24 (3):507-508.
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    Law, Ethics, and Divergent Rhetoric.William S. Laufer - 2007 - Business Ethics Quarterly 17 (3):441-447.
    This response to Professor Hasnas recasts the apparent divergence between the legal and ethical obligations of managers in light ofthe rhetorical claims and counterclaims that accompany the interaction between regulators and the regulated. It is argued that this divergence is more apparent than real, and that the convincing but often empty rhetorical statements that accompany reforms should be seen in context and largely disregarded. This rhetoric is designed to claim integrity, and reclaim legitimacy with the hope that “burdensome” reforms will (...)
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    Normative Business Ethics in a Global Economy: New Directions in Donaldsonian Themes.William S. Laufer & Alan Strudler - 2014 - Business Ethics Quarterly 24 (2):312-313.
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    Book Review-Corporate Bodies and Guilty Minds: The Failure of Corporate Criminal Liability. [REVIEW]William S. Laufer & John R. Boatright - 2008 - Business Ethics Quarterly 18 (3):417.
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    Japan and Social Control.Lwao Taka & William S. Laufer - 1993 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 4:285-297.
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    Normative Business Ethics in a Global Economy: New Directions in Donaldsonian Themes.William S. Laufer & Alan Strudler - 2013 - Business Ethics Quarterly 23 (4):636-637.
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    Afterword: In the Memory of Thomas W. Dunfee: Recollections of Colleagues.Lauretta Tomasco & William S. Laufer - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (4):851-859.
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