Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Robert W. Kolb [University of Colorado]
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 141295391X
  • ISBN-13: 9781412953917
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 2437 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released November 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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As a field of study, business ethics aims to specify the principles under which businesses must operate to behave ethically. Thus business ethics focuses on issues such as those that have recently attracted so much public scrutiny: executive compensation, honesty in accounting, transparency, treatment of stakeholders, and respect for the environment. These are, in fact, perennial questions that accompany the long history of human economic activity and that will also be present through an indeterminate future.

The Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society recognizes the inherent unity between business ethics and business and society which stems from their shared primary concern with value in commerce. With more than 900 entries, the five volumes of this ultimate resource span the relationships among business, ethics, and society, with an emphasis on business ethics and the role of business in society. This Encyclopedia features broad coverage of corporate social responsibility, the obligation of businesses to various stakeholder groups, the contribution of business to society and culture, and the relationship of business to the quality of the environment.

Key features include:

  • Embraces commerce in all of its ethical and social dimensions
  • Offers comprehensive and fairly lengthy essays on such crucial topics as justice, freedom, stakeholder theory, and regulation
  • Provides very brief essays that introduce important personages in the field, while other similarly brief entries explain the nature and function of various organizations
  • Includes contributions from respected authorities in the fields of management, psychology, sociology, communication, political science, philosophy, and other related fields
  • Cross-references to other entries in the Encyclopedia and includes a list of references and suggested readings for each article



  • Robert W. Kolb [University of Colorado]


"This timely work features leading experts discussing the relationship among business, ethics, and society in more than 800 entries on topics like antitrust laws, ethical issues of bankruptcy, corporate accountability, insider trading, and Ponzi schemes." --Library Journal, April 15, 2009

— Library Journal

"From bid rigging and bribery to personal values and work ethics, the scholarly essays will provide students much needed ethical instruction. With little of matching available for this important field of study, this set is an appropriate acquisition for any serious business collection." --Lawrence Looks at Books, December 2007

— Lawrence Looks at Books

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editorial Board.
List of Entries.
Reader's Guide.
About the General Editor.
About the Associate Editors.
1: AARP.
2: Absolutism, Ethical.
3: Academy of Management.
4: Accountability.
5: Accounting, Ethics of.
6: Acid Rain.
7: Adelphia Communications.
8: Administrative Procedures Act (APA).
9: Adverse Selection.
10: Advertising, Subliminal.
11: Advertising Ethics.
12: Advisory Panels and Committees.
13: Affirmative Action.
14: AFL-CIO.
15: African Business Ethics.
16: Age Discrimination.
17: Agency, Theory of.
18: Agrarianism.
19: Agribusiness.
20: Agriculture, Ethics of.
21: AIDS, Social and Ethical Implications for Business.
22: Airline Deregulation.
23: Air Transportation Stabilization Board (ATSB).
24: Alien Tort Claims Act.
25: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
26: Altruism.
27: American Bar Association.
28: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
29: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
30: American Federation of Teachers.
31: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
32: American Management Association (AMA).
33: American Medical Association (AMA).
34: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
35: Amorality.
36: Anarchism.
37: Animal Rights.
38: Animal Rights Movement.
39: Anthropocentrism.
40: Antitrust Laws.
41: Arbitrage.
42: Archer Daniels Midland.
43: Arendt, Hannah (1906–1975).
44: Aristotle (384–322 BCE).
45: Arms Trade.
46: Arrow, Kenneth (1921–).
47: Arrow's Impossibility Theorem.
48: Arthur Andersen.
49: Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program.
50: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
51: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
52: Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA).
53: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
54: Asymmetric Information.
55: Auction Market.
56: Austrian School of Economics.
57: Authenticity.
58: Authority.
59: Autonomy.
60: Bait–and–Switch Practices.
61: Bankers' Trust.
62: Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).
63: Bankruptcy, Ethical Issues in.
64: Barings Bank.
65: Barriers to Entry and Exit.
66: Barter.
67: Bayesian Approach.
68: Benefits, Employee.
69: Benevolence and Beneficence.
70: Bentham, Jeremy (1748–1832).
71: Berle–Dodd Debate.
72: Better Business Bureau (BBB).
73: Bhopal.
74: Bilderberg Group.
75: Biocentrism.
76: Biodiversity.
77: Bioethics.
78: Birth Control.
79: Black Market.
80: Blue Sky Laws.
81: Bluffing and Deception in Negotiations.
82: Boesky, Ivan (1937–).
83: Bottom of the Pyramid.
84: Bounded Rationality.
85: Boycotts.
86: Brands.
87: Bretton Woods Institutions.
88: Buddhist Ethics.
89: Bureau of Land Management.
90: Bureau of National Affairs.
91: Bureau of Reclamation.
92: Bushido.
93: Business, Purpose of.
94: Business Ethics.
95: Business Ethics and Health Care.
96: Business Ethics Research Centers.
97: Business Ethics Scholarship.
98: Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).
99: Business Judgment Rule.
100: Business Law.
101: Business Roundtable.
102: Campaign Finance Laws.
103: Canadian Business for Social Responsibility.
104: Capabilities Approach.
105: Capabilities Approach to Distributive Justice.
106: Capitalism.
107: Carnegie, Andrew (1835–1919).
108: Carrying Capacity.
109: Cartels.
110: Casuistry.
111: Cato Institute.
112: Cause–Related Marketing.
113: Caux Principles.
114: Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).
115: CFA Institute.
116: Chaebol.
117: Challenger Disaster.
118: Chamber of Commerce of the United States.
119: Charity, Duty of.
120: Chernobyl.
121: Chicago School of Economics.
122: Chief Compliance/Ethics Officer (CCO).
123: Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
124: Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
125: Chief Operating Officer (COO).
126: Chief Privacy Officer (CPO).
127: Child Labor.
128: Children, Marketing to.
129: Child Safety Legislation.
130: Christian Ethics.
131: Churning.
132: Civil Rights.
133: Clarkson Principles for Business.
134: Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES).
135: Coase, Ronald H. (1910–).
136: Coase Theorem.
137: Codes of Conduct, Ethical and Professional.
138: Coercion.
139: Cognitive Moral Development.
140: Cognitivism and Ethics.
141: Collective Choice.
142: Collective Punishment and Responsibility.
143: Collusion.
144: Colonialism.
145: Commensurability.
146: Commerce and the Arts.
147: Commodification.
148: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
149: Common Law.
150: Commons, The.
151: Commonsense Morality.
152: Communications Decency Act.
153: Communications Workers of America.
154: Communism.
155: Communitarianism.
156: Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA).
157: Commutative Theory of Justice.
158: Comparable Worth.
159: Comparative Advantage.
160: Compensatory Damages.
161: Competition.
162: Comptroller of the Currency.
163: Computing, Ethical Issues in.
164: Conference Board, The.
165: Confidentiality Agreements.
166: Conflict of Interest.
167: Confucianism.
168: Confucius (551–479 BCE).
169: Conscience.
170: Consent.
171: Consequentialist Ethical Systems.
172: Conspicuous Consumption.
173: Consumer Activism.
174: Consumer Federation of America.
175: Consumer Fraud.
176: Consumer Goods.
177: Consumerism.
178: Consumer Preferences.
179: Consumer Product Safety Commission.
180: Consumer Protection Legislation.
181: Consumer Rights.
182: Consumer's Bill of Rights.
183: Consumer Sovereignty.
184: Consumption Taxes.
185: Contingent Valuation.
186: Contracts.
187: Copyrights.
188: Corporate Accountability.