By Mike Harrison
This article presents an advent to a few of the key demanding situations dealing with a person excited about criteria of behaviour in companies. It starts off from a attention of the assets supplied through philosophical ethics and strikes directly to reflect on the demanding situations inherent in operating in a aggressive enterprise atmosphere.
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How to read a business ethics text? No one book or writer should ever be taken as definitive in addressing an issue in philosophy or ethics. However much you empathise with a text, it is essential to read around it, including the work of writers from 15 What is business ethics? different disciplines who may be antagonistic to an approach you like. This can be hard work and personally unsettling, but it must be done. In particular challenge introductory texts (such as this one) and collections of readings; even if the topics included in a basic introduction seem inevitable, constructing such texts involved decisions about what is relevant and what is not.
It also relates to the debate on sustainability, that is through addressing the rights of future citizens. Two points should be noted in this context. The word ‘political’ in the above paragraph relates to its common meaning of politics in a national context rather than the sense of ‘organisational politics’ as explored in 39 What is business ethics? Chapter 10. Secondly, Crane and Matten (2004), as part of an extended discussion on the evolution of the various strands of CSR, note that practitioners from industry tend to dislike terms such as ‘business ethics’ and ‘social responsibility’ as they seem to infer a failure on the part of industry to behave responsibly.
The loss of jobs in the ‘home country’ can be considerable, as can be the benefits to emerging economies. It can also provide dilemmas for consumers in terms of the purchase of relatively expensive goods from small farmers and suppliers. Ethical investment may relate to the above, but the term is often used in the context of investment fund management, that is the 41 What is business ethics? extent to which shares are only purchased in companies which meet certain criteria of ethical operation.
An Introduction to Business and Management Ethics by Mike Harrison