ISBN : 9780190610265
An authoritative and practical guide to business ethics, written in an accessible question and answer format
In today's turbulent business climate, business ethics are more important than ever. Surveys of employees show that misconduct is on the rise. Cover stories reporting indictments, prosecutions, and penalties imposed for unethical business conduct appear almost daily. Legislatures pass requirements elevating the levels of punishment and their enforcement against corporations and individuals. Organizations face pressure to design and implement effective ethics and compliance programs. As a result, businesses and businesspeople are increasingly worried that their conduct might cross lines that put their wealth and reputations at risk.
Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know® explains what those lines are, how not to cross them, and what to do when they are crossed. Written for both businesspeople facing real-life dilemmas and students studying ethical questions, this succinct book uniquely surveys materials from moral philosophy, behavioral science, and corporate law, and shares practical advice. Experts J.S. Nelson and Lynn A. Stout cover a wide array of essential topics including the legal status of corporations, major ethical traps in modern business, negotiations, whistleblowing and liability, and best practices. Written in a short question-and-answer style, this resource provides engaging and readable introductions to the basic principles of business ethics, and an invaluable guide for dealing with ethical dilemmas.
Chapter 1: An Overview of Business Ethics
Chapter 2: The Benefts of Acting Ethically
Chapter 3: Moral Philosophical Bases for Business Ethics
Chapter 4: What Does Science Tell Us About Ethical Behavior?
Chapter 5: Legal Foundations for Business Ethics
Chapter 6: Understanding Corporations, LLCs, and Other Legal "Persons"
Chapter 7: The Corporation as an Ethical "Person" in Modern Society
Chapter 8: The Costs of Acting Ethically
Chapter 9: Major Ethical Traps in Modern Business
Chapter 10: Negotiations
Chapter 11: Specific Liability Questions and Whistleblowing Options
Chapter 12: Special Issues of Ethics in Leadership
Chapter 13: How to Institute Best Practices
Chapter 14: How to Respond to Investigations and Protect Your Reputation
Chapter 15: Additional Resources and People You Can Reach Out To