Business Ethics by Damian Grace, Stephen Cohen

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By Damian Grace, Stephen Cohen

Business Ethics 4e examines the more and more topical topic of commercial ethics, and the way enterprise may still function whereas upholding societys expanding call for for moral and social accountability. This e-book might be priceless to scholars taking a company measure. It examines not just what ethics are but in addition how they relate to varied universal company events, illustrated by way of up to date case stories and present examples.

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It is clear, however, that this kind of thinking has escaped many who believe that good ethics will always naturally coincide with good business—in one way or another—and that the task set in discussions of business ethics is to find the coincidence or ways to make them coincide. Further, this kind of thinking appears either to have escaped or to have been regarded as unacceptable by those who demand that the only convincing reason for behaving ethically is that it is good for business. These are two very separate concerns.

Selfishness is an inability to count another’s good as a reason for acting. It is a socially disabling vice. Self-interest is not disabling in this way. It can be excessive, but it also enables us to live our day-to-day lives in a reasonable way. It is not to be devalued. 59 Of course, if self-interest did explain all conduct, this would be something we could never know. This is because it is a view that cannot be falsified: there is no possible set of circumstances that could refute it, so we could never know that it underlies everything we do.

Perhaps it is the case that society in general, although not business in particular, does have its eye on ethical behaviour per se, and it is because of this that good business sense in this area will produce ethical conduct. Nevertheless, from the perspective of the business person, situations like this require focus only on selfinterest to appreciate that behaving ethically will be beneficial. 3. A little effort In some situations, it can be in a business’s self-interest to do the ethical thing, but only if it does more than simply do the ethical thing.

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