Business ethics has an interdisciplinary character. Questions of economic policy and business practice intertwine with issues in politics, sociology, and organisational theory. Although business ethics remains anchored in philosophy, even here abstract questions in normative ethics and political philosophy mingle with analysis of practical problems and concrete moral dilemmas. Furthermore, business ethics is not just an academic study but also an invitation to reflect on our own values and on our own responses to the hard moral choices that the world of business can pose.
The purpose of this text is fourfold: to expose students to the important moral issues that arise in various business contexts; to provide students with an understanding of the moral, social, and economic environments within which those problems occur; to introduce students to the ethical and other concepts that are relevant for resolving those problems; and to assist students in developing the necessary reasoning and analytical skills for doing so. Although the book’s primary emphasis is on business, its scope extends to related moral issues in other organisational and professional contexts.
This third Asia–Pacific edition of Moral Issues in Business examines key ideas in business ethics in the context of moral and ethical issues encountered by Australian and New Zealand businesses and organisations. Structured within 11 chapters of text – including new, cutting edge ethical theories and practices – Moral Issues in Business presents the latest ethical insights and thinking in a manner that is accessible to students
- Understand how key concepts are connected across all chapters in each part by viewing the "part concept maps"
- Ethics Day to Day boxes feature real-life situations regarding ethical issues in organisations, so that students can get an understanding of how this works in the workforce.
- Regionally-based case studies included in each chapter, to help students relate to ethics in familiar contexts, alongside international cases
- Critical reflection, Review and discussion questions allows students to revise and practice what they’ve learned.
- Search me! Readings and Activities help keep the content current and relevant.
- Margin notes and summaries that summarise the points contained in each chapter
- Margin definitions to help quickly explain key concepts
- Updated concluding chapter that provides a holistic view of business ethics by drawing links to previous chapters and discussing how decisions can test our moral character, the tension between ethics and self-interest, and the benefits of living an ethical life.
New to Edition
- NEW! Key term margin definitions help students access the information quickly.
- New cases and readings following each chapter to encourage further discussion and understanding: Case studies from Australia, New Zealand and Asia written specifically for this new edition to add local context.
- New global case studies add an international focus to the text.
- Philosophical readings now online and easily accessible to students who want to study further.
- Search Me! Business Ethics: an online database which compiles resources specific to this discipline area.