An Introduction to Business and Management Ethics by Mike Harrison

By Mike Harrison

This article offers an creation to a couple of the main demanding situations dealing with someone concerned about criteria of behaviour in firms. It begins from a attention of the assets supplied by way of philosophical ethics and strikes directly to ponder the demanding situations inherent in operating in a aggressive company setting.

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Unfortunately ‘cut and paste’ may not do justice to our own thoughts and arguments. One of the main reasons for writing is to find out what we know! This was part of a number of good points made at a seminar on academic writing I attended some time ago and immediately accepted by those in the room as an interesting and practical way of looking at this strange and difficult process. ) but to sorting out the often forgotten or unrecognised jumble in our heads. It requires practice and confidence, and also assumes previous experiences and other inputs as well as a capacity to reflect on them.

Wesley Cragg model A different characterisation of the role of ethics in business is given in Cragg (1997), in particular his Appendix 8. This contrasts an ‘ethics of doing’ with an ‘ethics of being’, the latter being similar in scope and objectives to what we will term ‘virtue ethics’. However, Cragg interposes a further dimension related to our perceptions of the world and this seems to be a useful focus in bringing to our attention the importance of how we see the world and other moral actors within it.

In this chapter we show how valuable this concept can be in ethical analysis and note how it relates to the idea of moral distance which occurs with some frequency in later chapters. The second major section in this chapter introduces the idea of CSR which, in effect, considers the ethical role of an organisation as a whole in its environment. It has been noted that business owners and managers may feel uncomfortable with some uses of moral language as applied to their areas of responsibility. This may result from a perception that ethical theories may be idealistic and excessively demanding when applied by outsiders with little experience of the pressures and 32 Stakeholders and Corporate Social Responsibility demands of practical business management.

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