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In recent years, a succession of corporate scandals has rocked the international business community. As a result, many companies have invested considerable time, money and effort on the development of ethics management programs. However, in many cases, such programs are nothing more than insurance policies against corporate liability, designed merely to limit the fallout of scandals should they occur. In Business Ethics as Practice, Mollie Painter-Morland urges us to take business ethics seriously by reconsidering the role of ethics management within organizations. She redefines the typical seven-step ethics management program from within – challenging the reader to reconsider what is possible within each aspect of this process. In doing so, she draws on the insights of Aristotle, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault and numerous contemporary organizational theorists and sociologists to create the space for the emergence of a morally responsive corporate ethos.Read more
- Provides a detailed analysis and critique of existing corporate ethics programs
- Challenges the reader to reconsider what business is about by revisiting their values
- Contains proposals for the reform of practice
Reviews & endorsements
"This book challenges the usual approaches to business ethics by introducing continental philosophical thinking into the dialogue. Painter-Morland forces us to rethink our well-worn paradigms and business practices through dynamic viable alternatives. This is a very important new contribution to the literature."
Patricia Werhane, Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics, University of VirginiaSee more reviews
"Ethical theories provide little guidance on how we should conceive of ethical practice. We need to create new meanings, rely on new conceptions of the underpinnings of organisational functioning and the relational responsiveness of its members. Systemic and enabling leadership can foster open discussion and the sharing of value positions within communities of practice. In this way ethical practice can become part of everyday business practice. This book provides a stimulating and readable account of how and why we must return to understandings of 'ethics as practice' within the corporation as opposed to the current reliance on 'ethics management practice'."
Jane Collier, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
"Mollie Painter-Morland has managed to do what many others have been unable or unwilling to do – provide an insightful integration and essential interconnection between ethical theory and practice. In so doing her work gives us a more enlightened view of business and the appropriate ethical foundations upon which its legitimacy rests and success depends. The true river that runs through it is that authentic values, not external rules, are indispensable to both individual and organizational integrity."
Michael Hoffman, Executive Director, Center for Business Ethics, and Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics, Bentley College
"This book by Mollie Painter-Morland points clearly in a very exhaustive manner at what have been some of the fundamental problems that have plagued the field of business ethics since its beginnings … It is an excellent source for academics interested [in] the actual deployment of ethical theories into business practice and their links with other relevant fields of business studies. It is well written and suitable for a course both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels which could be easily integrated with other management and business areas of study. At the same time, this book is an excellent source for practitioners aiming at understanding different perspectives in business ethics and theoretical frameworks in a cohesive manner and going beyond the classic paradigms of ethics as abstract sets of rules or as mere compliance checklist systems."
Stefano Cavagnetto, History of Economic Thought and Policy
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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521174565
- length: 322 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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1. The dissociation of ethics with practice
2. Reconsidering approaches to moral reasoning
3. Moral agency reconsidered
4. Reconsidering values
5. Leadership and accountability
6. Reconsidering ethics 'management'
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