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Business Ethics For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-02062-3
384 pages
February 2011
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The tools you need to deal with ethical dilemmas in business

In today's world, it's increasingly important for all businesses and government agencies to implement ethical conduct in the workplace. Therefore, business ethics has become required coursework for most students in undergraduate and postgraduate business programs.

Mapping to a business ethics course, Business Ethics For Dummies examines ethical theory and discusses the moral issues facing corporate America. It covers topics such as conflicts of interest, trade secrets and insider trading, product safety and product liability, hiring, drug testing, sexual harassment, diversity, and much more.

  • The basics of ethics and making ethical decisions
  • How-tos on incorporating business ethics in the workplace
  • A discussion of moral issues facing corporate America

Packed with easy-to-understand explanations and examples, Business Ethics For Dummies is a helpful resource for students, professors, business owners, managers, and CEOs who seek a clear understanding of the importance of ethics.

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Introduction.

Part I: Discovering What Ethics Is and Where It Fits in Business.

Chapter 1: Putting Ethics to Work in Business.

Chapter 2: Exploring Religion-Based Ethics.

Chapter 3: Examining the Study of Ethics.

Part II: Exploring Common Business Ethics Issues.

Chapter 4: Identifying (And Handling) Conflicts of Interest.

Chapter 5: Mixing Marketing and Ethics.

Chapter 6: Understanding Public and Government Relations.

Chapter 7: Spreading the Wealth: Executive Pay, Bonuses, and Incentives.

Chapter 8: Managing People: Discrimination, Privacy, and Safety.

Part III: Looking at Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility.

Chapter 9: Identifying the Stakes and the Stakeholders.

Chapter 10: Contributing to Charity.

Chapter 11: Protecting the Environment.

Chapter 12: Treating Competitors Fairly.

Part IV: Applying Business Ethics in the 21st Century.

Chapter 13: Establishing a Company’s Ethical Culture.

Chapter 14: Examining the Relationship between Ethics and Profits.

Chapter 15: Cooking the Books: Accounting after Enron.

Chapter 16: Gathering, Using, and Protecting Information.

Chapter 17: Going Global: Ethical Issues for the Multinational Company.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Ethical Issues That Most Businesses Face.

Chapter 19: Ten Common Obstacles to Ethical Business Behavior.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways Managers Can Keep Their Companies Ethical.

Chapter 21: Ten Universal Ethical Guideposts.

Appendix: An Interfaith Declaration: A Code of Ethics on International Business for Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

Index.

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Norman E. Bowie is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. He received the first lifetime achievement award in scholarship from the Society for Business Ethics. Meg Schneider is an award-winning writer who has experience in television, radio and print journalism, and public relations.

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