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.

Marketing and Moral Indifference

Marketing and Moral Indifference

Marketing and moral indifference

Either marketers have been notoriously unsuccessful at raising trade to a more moral level or they have achieved this but have failed to market this startling truth to the general public. On this score they are damned either way: in the first instance by turpitude, in the second by ineptitude. It certainly is true that the public perception of marketing scarcely fits the fact that morality has been a prime concern for marketing academics from the inception of the subject. Henry Assael, a distinguished writer on consumer affairs, routinely reminds his readers that the advertising and sales professions are ranked last in public surveys of professional workers: ‘All marketers are portrayed as hawkers, con artists and cheats’ (1995: ...

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