Ethics and Organizations provides a rich and valuable overview of an increasingly important issue for management and organizations in contemporary society. Debates about equal opportunities, environmental responsibility, consumer redress, and corporate governance have given ethics a prominent place in the study of organizations in their social and natural environments. Within the organization, new management styles that seek to energize employees by manipulating their beliefs have highlighted the moral-ethical principles at issue in contemporary management. At the same time, debates around postmodernism and relativism have moved ethics to a new centrality in contemporary social theory. This volume addresses the questions that these and other developments raise for the study of management and organizations, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Ethics and Organizations will be invaluable to advanced-level students and academics engaged in analyzing the moral, political, and ethical dimensions of organization theory and organizational practice.

Beyond the Fringe? The Strange State of Business Ethics

Beyond the Fringe? The Strange State of Business Ethics

Beyond the fringe? The strange state of business ethics

Business ethics continues to have a marginal status in both the theory and the practice of commercial organizations at the end of the 1990s. As an approach to management or selling it has been adopted by relatively few companies, and even among firms which proclaim an interest in such a thing, there are minimalist interpretations of corporate responsibility. In many parts of the world - Eastern Europe and much of Africa and Latin America - business ethics in the form in which it is sometimes practised in America, Britain, Holland and Germany is entirely alien. Elsewhere -Japan, for example - communitarian practices associated with business ethics in the West ...

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