About this Product

Overview

Combining engaging discussions and stimulating case studies, BUSINESS ETHICS brings students a comprehensive survey of business ethics that will guide them toward becoming ethical professionals-even if they've never studied philosophy before. Rich with real-world examples and introductions, it introduces students to important philosophical concepts and principles via a range of perspectives as they begin to grapple with the compelling theoretical and practical issues of the evolving commercial landscape. In addition, this edition of the text features an updated two-color design and new pedagogical features.

About The Author

William H. Shaw

The author and editor of numerous books and articles in the areas of ethics and social and political philosophy, William H. Shaw obtained a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the London School of Economics and teaches philosophy at San Jose State University, where he served as chair of the department for eleven years. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Hong Kong, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He has two other books with Cengage Learning, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ETHICS and (with Vincent Barry) BUSINESS ETHICS.

Table of Contents

Part I: MORAL PHILOSOPHY AND BUSINESS.
1. The Nature of Morality.
2. Normative Theories of Ethics.
3. Justice and Economic Distribution.
Part II: AMERICAN BUSINESS AND ITS BASIS.
4. The Nature of Capitalism.
5. Corporations.
Part III: THE ORGANIZATION AND THE PEOPLE IN IT.
6. The Workplace (1): Basic Issues.
7. The Workplace (2): Today's Challenges.
8. Moral Choices Facing Employees.
9. Job Discrimination.
Part IV: BUSINESS AND SOCIETY.
10. Consumers.
11. The Environment.

Features

  • Each chapter contains timely illustrations and examples as well as background statistical and factual data, giving students the most complete glimpse into the world of business and becoming ethical professionals of any textbook on the market today.
  • Chapter summaries, case studies, and suggested further reading at the end of each chapter reinforce students' understanding of the material and encourage them to further explore topics of particular interest to them.
  • Two substantial chapters on the nature of morality and ethical theory introduce students to the basics of ethical theory, while chapters on economic justice, the nature of capitalism, and the debate over corporate social responsibility set the background for analyzing specific moral problems in business.
  • Students will encounter case studies on the most common workplace ethical issues (such as privacy, employee rights, hiring and firing, maternity leave), moral dilemmas facing employees (like conflicts of interest and whistleblowing), and consumer-related issues (such as product safety and advertising)-giving them perspective from every side of the story: management, non-management, and consumer.

New to this Edition

  • This edition's fresh design and new pedagogical features promote improved student comprehension and enhanced learning, with marginal summary points that help students focus on the most important material in each chapter, a "Study Corner" at the end of each chapter that helps students review terms and concepts, and updated material throughout that ensures the relevance of every topic.
  • The 39 case studies in the text include 4 new cases: Hacking into Harvard (Chapter 2), Eminent Domain (Chapter 3), Yahoo in China (Chapter 5), and Drug Dilemmas (Chapter 10). These cases highlight recent ethical dilemmas that show students the kinds of decisions businesspeople are frequently called upon to make.