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Managing ethics in business organizations : social scientific perspectives /
Linda Klebe Treviño, Gary R. Weaver.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Business Books, c2003.
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xxiii, 364 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0804743762
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Business Books, c2003.
isbn
0804743762
catalogue key
5022635
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gary R. Weaver is Associate Professor of Management at the University of Delaware.
Excerpts
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This book broadens the range of theoretically informed empirical research on business ethics (using data from major American corporations) and addresses the underlying questions about business ethics scholarship. It culminates a decade's work by the authors--individually, jointly, and with others. The first part of the book addresses the major theoretical questions involved in doing empirical research about normative issues. It addresses the boundaries--methodological, conceptual, and institutional--that too easily separate philosophical and social scientific approaches to business ethics and reviews various ways in which those approaches can be brought close together to benefit research and practice. The second part of the book describes and explains the increasing institutionalization of formal systems designed to manage ethics in organizations. It reviews the state of the art initiatives to foster ethical business conduct and also looks at the relative roles of executives and external policies (e.g., government regulations) in creating meaningful ethical initiatives. In the third part, the focus shifts to individual ethical behavior and how organizations influence it, describing in detail some of the outcomes of organizational ethics initiatives. It also looks at successes, failures, and new prospects in the effort to identify and explain the multiple factors that influence individual ethical behavior.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-09-01:
Philosophers since Aristotle have applied ethical theories to commercial activities and management scientists have addressed issues of ethical behavior, but business ethics became an identifiable discipline with its own body of academic research within the last 50 years. This research falls into two streams, normative and empirical, which roughly parallel the academic affiliations of those who conduct it: philosophy departments and business schools. In general, philosophers see ethical behavior as a matter of individual moral choice, while management scholars believe that ethical choices may be determined by organizational factors (e.g., authority structures, institutionalized codes of conduct). Trevino and Weaver, empirical pioneers in business ethics, conducted studies in several business organizations during the 1990s, addressing research questions such as "What are business organizations doing to manage ethics?" and "Why are they doing it and to what effect?" This volume collects of some of those studies, supplemented by chapters that examine methodological challenges to conducting research in business ethics and suggest individual- and organizational-level issues ripe for investigation. Chapter references, taken together, provide an excellent bibliography of business ethics research to date. Philosophers may perceive their field as business ethics, while social scientists see it as business ethics, but this book is an important contribution to both. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Graduate and research collections. M. S. Myers Carnegie-Mellon University
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"Well focused, engaging, and complete in its coverage, this outstanding book gives us a new understanding (a social science compendium) of an old field (applied ethics) that is emerging in prominence (business ethics and compliance). I can see it as being required reading for any advanced students interested in the field." James Weber,Duquesne University
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"Well focused, engaging, and complete in its coverage, this outstanding book gives us a new understanding (a social science compendium) of an old field (applied ethics) that is emerging in prominence (business ethics and compliance). I can see it as being required reading for any advanced students interested in the field." --James Weber,Duquesne University
Main Description
This book broadens the range of theoretically informed empirical research on business ethics (using data from major American corporations) and addresses the underlying questions about business ethics scholarship. It culminates a decade's work by the authorsindividually, jointly, and with others. The first part of the book addresses the major theoretical questions involved in doing empirical research about normative issues. It addresses the boundariesmethodological, conceptual, and institutionalthat too easily separate philosophical and social scientific approaches to business ethics and reviews various ways in which those approaches can be brought close together to benefit research and practice. The second part of the book describes and explains the increasing institutionalization of formal systems designed to manage ethics in organizations. It reviews the state of the art initiatives to foster ethical business conduct and also looks at the relative roles of executives and external policies (e.g., government regulations) in creating meaningful ethical initiatives. In the third part, the focus shifts to individual ethical behavior and how organizations influence it, describing in detail some of the outcomes of organizational ethics initiatives. It also looks at successes, failures, and new prospects in the effort to identify and explain the multiple factors that influence individual ethical behavior.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Business Ethics as a Field of Inquiryp. xiii
Metatheoretical Issues of Normative and Empirical Inquiry in Business Ethicsp. 1
Business Ethics/Business Ethics: One Field or Two?p. 7
Normative and Empirical Business Ethics: Separation, Marriage of Convenience, or Marriage of Necessity?p. 28
Perspectives, Possibilities, and Motives for Integrationp. 47
The Institutionalization of Organizational Ethicsp. 65
Has Business Ethics Come of Age?p. 71
Corporate Ethics Programs as Control Systems: Influences of Executive Commitment and Environmental Factorsp. 89
Integrated and Decoupled Corporate Social Performance: Management Values, External Pressures, and Corporate Ethics Practicesp. 124
Managing Ethical Conduct in Organizationsp. 153
Ethical Decision Making and Conduct in Organizations: Individuals, Issues, and Contextp. 159
The Uses and Limits of Formal Ethics Programsp. 191
Ethics and the Broader Organizational Context: Ethical Climate and Ethical Culturep. 231
Employees' Fairness Perceptions and Ethics-related Outcomes in Organizationsp. 267
Conducting Business Ethics Research in the Futurep. 293
Methodological Challenges in Empirical Business Ethics Researchp. 297
Unfinished Business Ethics: Open Questions for Future Studyp. 328
Indexp. 345
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