In his ground-breaking new textbook, Mick Fryer offers students of Business Ethics clear explanations of a range of theoretical perspectives, along with examples of how these perspectives might be used to illuminate the ethical challenges presented by business practice. The book includes: • Realistic scenarios which gently introduce a theory and demonstrate how it can be applied to a real-life ethical dilemma that everyone can relate to, such as borrowing money from a friend • Real organisational case studies in each chapter which illustrate how each theory can be applied to real business situations. Cases include Nike, Coca Cola, BMW, Shell, Starbucks and GSK • ‘Pause for Reflection’ boxes and ‘Discussion Questions’ which encourage you to challenge the established notions of right and wrong, and empower you to develop your own moral code • Video Activities in each chapter with accompanying QR codes which link to documentaries, films, debates and news items to get you thinking about real-life ethical dilemmas Visit the book’s companion website for self-test questions, additional web links and more at: study.sagepub.com/fryer
Chapter 7: Discourse Ethics: Democratizing Business
Discourse Ethics: Democratizing Business
This chapter will:
- specify the democratic nature of discourse ethics;
- explain how discourse ethics theory appeals to ethical consensus as a basis for evaluating right and wrong;
- explain how discourse ethics envisages the achievement of ethical consensus through dialectical opposition;
- consider the ethically legitimating potential of workplace discourse;
- outline some criteria that workplace discourse needs to meet if it is to conform to the expectations of discourse ethics;
- describe some structural features of communication that might help these criteria to be met;
- explain why the public sphere is important to discourse;
- consider the internet’s potential to contribute to a vigorous public sphere;
- explore one way in which corporate colonization might inhibit that potential.
There are various ways in which we might think about the nature of ...