Conscience and Corporate Culture
August 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
- Written from the unique vantage point of an author who is a
philosopher, professor of business administration, and a corporate
- A vital resource for both educators in the field of business
ethics and practicing corporate executives
- Forwards the constructive dialogue on a moral conscience for
- Offers a philosophical and practical approach to considering business ethics
Foreword by Thomas E. Holloran.
Part I Conscience: Response to a Pathology:
1. Teleopathy: The Unbalanced Pursuit of Purpose.
2. Mindsets and Culture.
3. Conscience as a Mindset: Personal and Organizational.
4. Challenges to the Very Idea.
Part II: The Moral Agenda of Leadership:
5. Orienting Corporate Conscience.
6. Institutionalizing Corporate Conscience.
7. Sustaining Corporate Conscience.
8. Conscience and Three Academies.
Kenneth E. Goodpaster is Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas.His research has spanned a wide range of topics, from conceptual studies of ethical reasoning to empirical studies of the social implications of management decision making. He is author of Perspectives on Morality (1976), Ethics and Problems of the 21st Century(1979), and the casebook Business Ethics: Policies and Persons (4th edn., 2006).
- Identifies the common patterns among monumental corporate
scandals such as Enron's collapse and the tragedy of NASA's
- Argues for the development of a moral conscience for
- Reports on more than three decades of professional
- Serves as a platform for communication between doers and
thinkers on a subject that is profoundly difficult and
- Written from the unique vantage point of an author who is a philosopher, professor of business administration, and a corporate consultant
"This book show the way to the practice of improved business
ethics, in teaching difficult decisions whether in the classroom,
the boardroom or the office. It is a profound read, and will be
valuable for business students and managers. It will give a better
understanding and a lot of sensible options for forming and
sustaining ethical business cultures."
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"A timely and important book that shows how high the stakes are
Tom Piper, Harvard Business School
"I have known Ken Goodpaster for a number of years and always
have been impressed with his ability to translate broad
philosophical concepts into real-life business practice. Nowhere is
this more important than in the area of values and ethics.
Insightful, instructive, and thought-provoking, Ken is at the top
of his game in Conscience and Corporate Culture."
Arthur D. Collins, Jr.Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic, Inc.
"To write an easy but not simple, relevant but also profound
ethics book is an art with very few artists. Goodpaster is one of
them, and teachers and managers will appreciate it."
Henri-Claude de Bettignies.The Aviva Chair Professor of Leadership and Responsibility, INSEAD, Fontainebleau. Distinguished Professor of Global Responsible Leadership, CEIBS, Shanghai
"Drawing on philosophy, literature, religion, and management
theory, Goodpaster extends the idea of conscience from individuals
to organizations...A respected business ethics scholar, Goodpaster
addresses this book to his colleagues but also to corporate
"An important book that analyzes the role of conscience,
both personal and collective, in business decision making ...
Goodpaster provides a road map of how to orient, institutionalize
and sustain organizational conscience." Minnesota
“Should be compulsory reading for the general
management/MBA student who wishes to know something about business
ethics, management, organizations, moral philosophy, and even
Michael Willoughby Small, Curtin Business School, Journal of Business Ethics