The field of business ethics continues to expand intellectually and geographically. During the past five decades, scholars have developed and deepened their inquiries into the ethics of commercial and corporate conduct.

This Companion provides a novel overview of the discipline of business ethics, covering the major areas of the field as well as new and emerging topics. The eight thematic units range over an extraordinary set of subjects and include chapters on the history and pedagogy of business ethics, moral philosophy, the nature of business, responsibilities within the firm, economic institutions, the 2008 financial crisis, globalization, and business ethics in different regions of the world. Led by a well-respected editorial team, this unique volume gathers an international array of experts whose various critical approaches yield insights from areas such as public policy, economics, law, and history, in addition to business and philosophy.

With its fresh analyses, wide scope, and clarity of approach, this volume will be an essential addition to library collections in business, management, and applied ethics.

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ByEugene Heath, Byron Kaldis, Alexei Marcoux

part I|72 pages

The discipline of business ethics

chapter 1|16 pages

The history of business ethics

ByBernard Mees

chapter 2|15 pages

Theorists and philosophers on business ethics

ByGeorge Bragues

chapter 3|22 pages

Theory and method in business ethics

ByNicholas Capaldi

chapter 4|17 pages

Teaching business ethics

Current practice and future directions
ByDarin Gates, Bradley R. Agle, Richard N. Williams

part II|88 pages

Moral philosophy and business

chapter 5|17 pages

Consequentialism and non-consequentialism

ByAndrew Gustafson

chapter 6|17 pages

Social contract theories

ByPedro Francés-Gómez*

chapter 7|18 pages

Can profit seekers be virtuous?

ByMichael C. Munger, Daniel C. Russell

chapter 8|17 pages

Feminist ethics and business ethics

Redefining landscapes of learning
ByMing Lim

chapter 9|17 pages

Business ethics and religious belief

ByKenneth J. Barnes

part III|55 pages

Business ethics theories

chapter 10|17 pages

Social responsibility

ByFlorian Wettstein

chapter 11|20 pages

Stakeholder thinking

ByKenneth E. Goodpaster

chapter 12|16 pages

Integrative Economic Ethics:Concept and critique

ByAlexander Lorch, Thomas Beschorner

part IV|85 pages

Conceptual considerations

chapter 13|16 pages

What is business?

ByWilliam Kline

chapter 14|18 pages

The corporation:Genesis, identity, agency

ByGordon G. Sollars

chapter 15|18 pages

Alternative business organizations and social enterprise

ByDana Brakman Reiser

chapter 16|15 pages

The ethics of entrepreneurship

ByChristian Lautermann, Kim Oliver Tokarski

chapter 17|16 pages

The contribution of economics to business ethics

ByJoseph Heath

part V|103 pages

Economic institutions

chapter 18|17 pages

Property and business

ByBas van der Vossen

chapter 19|17 pages

Creativity, innovation, and the production of wealth

ByKnut Sogner

chapter 20|16 pages

Money and finance:Ethical considerations

ByAntonio Argandoña

chapter 21|17 pages

Regulation, rent seeking, and business ethics

ByChristel Koop, John Meadowcroft

chapter 22|17 pages

Business, nature, and environmental sustainability

ByJoseph DesJardins

chapter 23|17 pages

The economic crisis

Causes and considerations
ByRandall G. Holcombe

part VI|130 pages

Roles and responsibilities within the firm

chapter 24|15 pages

Corporate governance

ByAnn K. Buchholtz

chapter 25|17 pages

Leadership and business ethics

Are leaders wolves for business ethics?
ByValérie Petit, Sarah E. Saint-Michel

chapter 26|12 pages

Theoretical issues in management ethics

ByJoseph A. Petrick

chapter 27|15 pages

The ethics of managers and employees

ByLinda Klebe Treviño

chapter 28|16 pages

Employee ethics and rights

ByJeffrey Moriarty

chapter 29|16 pages

Exploitation and labor

ByBenjamin Ferguson

chapter 30|17 pages

Ethical issues in marketing, advertising, and sales

ByMinette Drumwright

chapter 31|18 pages

The accounting profession, the public interest, and human rights

ByKen McPhail

part VII|49 pages

Multinational corporations and globalization

chapter 32|13 pages

The globalization of business ethics

ByKirk O. Hanson

chapter 33|17 pages

Cross-cultural management ethics in multinational commerce

ByTerence Jackson

chapter 34|17 pages

Corruption, bribery, and moral norms across national boundaries*

ByWesley Cragg

part VIII|15 pages

Business ethics across the globe

chapter 35|13 pages

Business ethics in China

ByYuqiao Xiang

chapter 36|18 pages

Business ethics in South Asia

Gandhian trusteeship and its relevance for the twenty-first century
ByS. Ramakrishna Velamuri

chapter 37|17 pages

Business ethics in Africa

ByMinka Woermann

chapter 38|16 pages

Business ethics in Latin America

ByÁlvaro E. Pezoa

chapter 39|17 pages

Business ethics in transition

Communism to commerce in Central Europe and Russia
ByRodica Milena Zaharia