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Routledge Studies in Business Ethics


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Business ethics is a site of contestation, both in theory and practice. For some it serves as a salve for the worst effects of capitalism, giving businesses the means to self-regulate away from entrenched tendencies of malfeasance and exploitation. For others business ethics is a more personal matter, concerning the way that individuals can effectively wade through the moral quagmires that characterise so many dimensions of business life. Business ethics has also been conceived of as a fig leaf designed to allow business-as-usual to continue while covering over the less savoury practices so as to create an appearance of righteousness.

Across these and other approaches, what remains critical is to ensure that the ethics of business is the subject of incisive questioning, critical research, and diverse theoretical development. It is through such scholarly inquiry that the increasingly powerful purview of corporations and business activity can be interrogated, understood and, ultimately, reformulated. This series contributes to that goal by publishing the latest research and thinking across the broad terrain that characterised business ethics.

The series welcomes contributions in areas including: corporate social responsibility; critical approaches to business ethics; ethics and corporate governance; ethics and diversity; feminist ethics; globalization and business ethics; philosophical traditions of business ethics; postcolonialism and the ethics of business; production and supply chain ethics; resistance, political activism and ethics; sustainability, environmentalism and climate change; the ethics of corporate misconduct; the politics of business ethics; and worker’s rights.

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Disturbing Business Ethics: Emmanuel Levinas and the Politics of Organization

Disturbing Business Ethics: Emmanuel Levinas and the Politics of Organization

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Carl Rhodes
August 09, 2019

21st century Western neoliberalism has seen the transformation of self-interest from an economic imperative to a centrally constitutive part of dominant modes of subjective existence. Against this celebration of competitive individualism, Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophy stands as a haunting reminder...

Neoliberalism, Management and Religion: Re-examining the Spirits of Capitalism

Neoliberalism, Management and Religion: Re-examining the Spirits of Capitalism

1st Edition

Edward Wray-Bliss
February 28, 2019

The use of non-secular, religious, concepts in contemporary managerial discourse to legitimise leadership, organisation and work has been undertheorised. Concepts such as organisational soul, Spiritual Leadership, a wider deification (and demonisation) of leaders, and the mantra of individual...

Business Ethics After the Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from The Crash

Business Ethics After the Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from The Crash

1st Edition

Christopher Cowton, James Dempsey, Tom Sorell
February 12, 2019

The global financial crisis (GFC) that began in 2007 concentrated attention on the morality of banking and financial activities. Just as mainstream businesses became increasingly defined by their financial performance, banks, it seemed, got themselves – and everyone else – into trouble through an...

Corporate Social in Emerging Economies: Reality and Illusion

Corporate Social in Emerging Economies: Reality and Illusion

1st Edition

Cosmina Lelia Voinea, Cosmin Fratostiteanu
July 04, 2018

Over the last few decades, emerging markets have increased their share in world GDP and have come to play a prominent and growing role in global business. Their period of impressive growth was triggered by major global advances such as economic liberalization and governance reforms and deregulation...

Ethics and Morality in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Ethics and Morality in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Deirdre Shaw, Michal Carrington, Andreas Chatzidakis
June 08, 2018

Ethical consumerism is on the rise. No longer bound to the counter-cultural fringes, ethical concerns and practices are reaching into the mainstream of society and being adopted by everyday consumers – from considering carbon miles to purchasing free-range eggs to making renewable energy choices....

Integrity in Business and Management

Integrity in Business and Management

1st Edition

Marc Orlitzky, Manjit Monga
July 26, 2017

This book highlights the interconnectedness of integrity with philosophical history, leadership, managerial decision-making, and organizational effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts (e.g., time theft in organizations and family business). Well-known researchers in business ethics from all...

The Ethics of Neoliberalism: The Business of Making Capitalism Moral

The Ethics of Neoliberalism: The Business of Making Capitalism Moral

1st Edition

Peter Bloom
June 15, 2017

The 21st century is the age of "neo-liberalism" – a time when the free market is spreading to all areas of economic, political and social life. Yet how is this changing our individual and collective ethics? Is capitalism also becoming our new morality? From the growing popular demand for corporate...

Reforming Capitalism: The Scientific Worldview and Business

Reforming Capitalism: The Scientific Worldview and Business

1st Edition

Rogene Buchholz
May 22, 2017

This book examines the role that the traditional understanding of science plays in how we understand the capitalistic system and how it informs business and business school education. Science serves many purposes in business organizations; it is much more than just a method to gain knowledge about...

Restructuring Capitalism: Materialism and Spiritualism in Business

Restructuring Capitalism: Materialism and Spiritualism in Business

1st Edition

Rogene Buchholz
May 05, 2017

The main theme of this book is that, within contemporary capitalist societies a materialist outlook informed by science has triumphed creating the lack of a spiritual dimension to give meaning and purpose to the activities that are necessary for a capitalist society to function effectively....

Mismanagement, “Jumpers,” and Morality: Covertly Concealed Managerial Ignorance and Immoral Careerism in Industrial Organizations

Mismanagement, “Jumpers,” and Morality: Covertly Concealed Managerial Ignorance and Immoral Careerism in Industrial Organizations

1st Edition

Reuven Shapira
March 06, 2017

Executives’ morality and ethics became major research topics following recent business scandals, but the research missed a major explanation of executives’ immorality: career advancement by "jumping" between firms that causes ignorance of job-pertinent tacit local knowledge, tempting "jumpers" to...

Workers' Rights and Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains: Is a Social Label the Answer?

Workers' Rights and Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains: Is a Social Label the Answer?

1st Edition

Jennifer Bair, Doug Miller, Marsha Dickson
August 03, 2016

This book provides insight into the potential for the market to protect and improve labour standards and working conditions in global apparel supply chains. It examines the possibilities and limitations of market approaches to securing social compliance in global manufacturing industries. It does...

Individuals, Groups, and Business Ethics

Individuals, Groups, and Business Ethics

1st Edition

Chris Provis
July 27, 2016

Corporate social responsibility has become a heavily discussed topic in business ethics. Identifying some generally accepted moral principles as a basis for discussion, Individuals, Groups, and Business Ethics examines ethical dimensions of our relationships with families, friends and workmates,...

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