Management Learning introduces the context and history of management learning and offers a critical framework within which the key debates can be understood. The book also provides an incisive discussion of the values and purpose inherent in the practice and theory of management learning, and charts the diverse external factors influencing and directing the processes of learning. The volume concludes with a look forward towards the future reconstruction of the field.
Chapter 10: Management Learning Perspectives on Business Ethics
Management Learning Perspectives on Business Ethics
Business Ethics Defined
Some commentators regard ethics and morality as synonymous terms, since they stem from the same word taken from the Greek ethos and Latin mores respectively, meaning ‘custom’. Accordingly, Trevino and Nelson define business ethics as ‘behaviour that is consistent with the principles, norms and standards of business that have been agreed on by society’ (1995: 14).
Such pragmatic definitions have two major shortcomings. First, in emphasizing conformity to custom and practice, they neglect rapidly changing contexts where moral standards for a modern business community are under-determined, as in the developing economies of China or Central and Eastern Europe. Secondly, genuinely open studies of ethics must entail rigorous questioning of all practices and establishments. ...