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Conducting Business Ethically: A Philosophical Approach

Author(s): Martin J Lecker

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2019

Pages: 430

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Conducting Business Ethically: A Philosophical Approach provides a creative approach by applying philosophy from classical Greek and Eastern works, including material from contemporary Western thinkers, as part of an ethical decision making process for business students or those working in the business world.  

Conducting Business Ethically introduces some of the classical philosophers and teaches students how to apply their decision making when faced with ethical dilemmas of their own in the business world.  The textbook should be considered a “jumping off ” point for more experienced instructors who may pick and choose the chapters they want to cover, while less experienced instructors and/or those teaching the course for the first time, may want to teach all the chapters (or as many as possible), and use the text for the semester’s course content.

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  • integrates an epilogue on corporate social responsibility which gives another dimension to our future business executives and entrepreneurs. 

CHAPTER ONE
LEARNING TO THINK LIKE A PHILOSOPHER

 ­ The Shallow Pond
 ­ The Envelope
Ethics and Values
­ The Alligator River Story
Moral Development
 Lawrence Kohlberg
 Carol Gilligan
 Comparing the Kohlberg and Gilligan Model
­ The Moral Compass
Philosophy and Its Contemporary Branches
­ The First Philosophers
 ­ Tales of Miletus
Anaximander
 Heraclitus
 Arignote
 Aesara
 Perictione
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case Review Questions
Endnotes

CHAPTER TWO
CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHERS

­ The Sophists
Protagoras
Callicles
­ Thrasymachus
Socrates
Plato
Aristotle
St. Augustine
Major Hedonistic Philosophers
Aristippus
Epicurus
S.E.A. Method: Supporting Ethical Decision Making
­ The Shallow Pond
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
Case 2.1 Financial Security or Whistleblower?
Endnotes

CHAPTER THREE
EASTERN-WORLD SAGES

 Lao Tzu
 Confucius
 Siddhartha Gautama
 Bhagavad Gita
 Sun-tzu
 Mencius
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
Case 3.1 Higher Wages for Employees or Company Profits?
Endnotes

CHAPTER FOUR
SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHERS

­ Thomas Hobbes
­ The Consequentialist Utilitarians
 Jeremy Bentham
 John Stuart Mill
­ The Non-Consequentialist Deontologists
 Immanuel Kant
 William David Ross
Political Philosophers
 John Locke
 Adam Smith
 Karl Marx
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
 Case 4.1 Hackers for Hire
Endnotes

CHAPTER FIVE
CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHICAL THINKERS

Ayn Rand
Milton Friedman
John Rawls
Sissela Bok
Robert Nozick
Robert Solomon
Peter Singer
Martha Nussbaum
Michael Sandel
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
 Case 5.1 Should Private Businesses Pay for the Homeless?
Endnotes

CHAPTER SIX
CONTEMPORARY CULTURALLY DIVERSE PHILOSOPHERS

Chung-ying Cheng
Ernest Sosa
Azizah Y. al-Hibri 177
Anne Schulherr Waters
Vandana Shiva
Cornel West
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
 Case 6.1 Free Bottled Water, or Not?
Endnotes

CHAPTER SEVEN
THE MODIFIED VELASQUEZ MODEL OF DECISION MAKING

Introduction: ­ The Ford Pinto Case
Traditional Business Ethical Approaches
­ The Utilitarian Approach
­ The Rights Approach
­ The Fairness or Justice Approach
­ The Common Goods Approach
­ The Virtue Approach
­The Seven-Step Approach to Moral Decision Making
 Step One: What Are the Facts?
 Step Two: What Are the Ethical Issues?
 Step ­ Three: What Are Some Alternatives?
 Step Four: Who Are Some of the Stakeholders?
 Step Five: What Is the Most Ethical Among All of Your Alternatives?
 Step Six: What Are the Tradeoffs for Selecting the Most Ethical Alternative?
 Step Seven: What Action Will You Take?
Conclusion
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
Case 7.1 Promotion or Termination?
Endnotes

CHAPTER EIGHT
ETHICAL WORKPLACE ISSUES

Job Discrimination in the Workplace
 Hiring Policies
 Terminations
 Promotions
 Affirmative Action
 Sexual Harassment
 Comparable Worth
 Americans with Disabilities Act
Privacy Issues in the Workplace
Safety and Health Issues
Abuses by Employees
Trade Secrets
Misuse of Funds
Insider Trading
Executive Compensation
Bribery
Abuses by Employers
Outsourcing
Plant Closings
Independent Contractors
Workplace Rankism
Nepotism
Unions
Whistleblowing
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
Case 8.1 Should Babies Be Our Business?
Endnotes

CHAPTER NINE
MARKETPLACE ETHICS

Corporations
Deceptive Financial Practices
Churning
Ponzi Scheme
Subprime Mortgage Rate Loans
Laws Governing the Securities Industry
Deceptive Marketing Practices
 Price Fixing
 Price Gouging
 Bait and Switch Advertising
 False Advertising
Product Safety Concerns
 Pharmaceutical Industry
 Automotive Safety Issues
 Food Safety
Racial Retail Profiling
Targeting Minorities in Marketing
 Planned Obsolescence
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
Case 9.1 Marketing E-Cigarettes or Not?
Endnotes

CHAPTER TEN
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

Pollution Control Issues
 Air Pollution
 Water Pollution
 Land Pollution
Environmental Classism/Racism
Animal Rights
 Cruelty to Animals
 Animals As Part of Our Food Chain
 Poaching
Conservation of Resources
Energy Renewal and Possible Pollution Reduction Solutions
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
Case 10.1 Legoland: Profits or Planet?
Endnotes

CHAPTER ELEVEN
GLOBAL MARKETPLACE ETHICS

Child Labor and Sweatshops
 Child Labor
 Sweatshops
 Preventing Child Labor and Sweatshops
International Bribery
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977
Protectionism
 Tariffs
 Subsidies
 Embargoes
 Trade Quotas
 Restrictive Standards
 Dumping
 Trading Blocs
 Protectionism or Free Trade?
Unethical International Practices
Final ­Thoughts
Summary
Key Terms
Chapter Review Questions
Case for Discussion
Case 11.1 Child Labor: Opportunity or Exploitation?
Endnotes

EPILOGUE: A CALL FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Glossary
Index

Martin J Lecker

Martin Lecker, EdD, had been a member of the RCC Business faculty since 1985, and a full Professor since 1991. In 2012, the SUNY Board of Trustees conferred him with the highest rank, Distinguished Teaching Professor. Four years later, he retired and is teaching part time as a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at RCC. 

He has co-developed the Ethics in Business course and teaches it online, in the classroom, and as a hybrid course which combines the classroom experience with extensive online student participation. Dr. Lecker had published several national and international articles on ethical business issues and has edited two books on multiculturalism.

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