Understanding Business Ethics

Prentice Hall
Peter Stanwick / Sarah Stanwick  
Total pages
January 2008
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For undergraduate and graduate management courses.


This text is a vehicle for classroom discussion on recent, ethical business cases; and how students can handle future ones in their careers.



For undergraduate and graduate management courses.


This text is a vehicle for classroom discussion on recent, ethical business cases preparing students for future challenges in their careers.


Global Perspective


This textbook integrates a global focus within each of the 11 chapters of the textbook.  The global emphasis allows students to see the global impact of ethical decisions. It also encourages the instructor to integrate ethical topics from a global perspective.


Real World Business Ethics Cases


The cases highlight a number of different, modern, ethical issues, including, but not limited to, potentially defective products, inaccurate financial statements, illegal investor trading, and top management misconduct.


Comprehensive and Diverse Selection of Ethics Topics


With 11 chapters and 23 cases, this is one of the most comprehensive business ethics textbooks on the market.  In addition to having a comprehensive nature for ethical issues presented in the cases, our textbook has chapters on financial reporting, information technology, and strategy that are not included in many other business ethics textbooks.


Central Theme Linking Each Chapter


Each chapter incorporates its own theme so the teacher has flexibility in how he/she covers the material. The authors’ goal was to link each chapter with one common theme, which focuses primarily on the interaction of the firm with its various stakeholders. The goal of each chapter is to present ethical challenges that students will face and help them see the consequences of potential decisions.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1    The Foundation of Ethical Thought    
Chapter 2    Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics    
Chapter 3     Stakeholders and Corporate Social Responsibility    
Chapter 4     Corporate Governance and Corporate Compliance    
Chapter 5     Ethics and the Environment    
Chapter 6     Health Care Ethics    
Chapter 7     Ethics and Information Technology    
Chapter 8     Strategic Planning and Corporate Culture    
Chapter 9     Ethics and Financial Reporting    
Chapter 10    Establishing a Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines    
Chapter 11     Evaluating Corporate Ethics    

Case 1: Adelphia: What’s Wrong With This Picture?   
Case 2: Ahold: Is That The Dutch Translation of Enron?
Case 3:  Blue Bayou
Case 4:  Boeing: How Low Can They Fly?
Case 5:  Bre-X:  All That Glitters Isn’t Gold
Case 6:  Conrad Black and Hollinger International: All the News That’s Fit to Sell
Case 7:  Enron: Were They The Crookedest Guys in the Room?
Case 8:  Google: Don’t Do Evil Unless…  
Case 9:  HealthSouth: The Rise and Fall of the Scrushy Empire
Case 10:  Herman Miller: Eddie Get Off That Chair
Case 11:  Interface: More Than Just a Carpet Company
Case 12:  Livedoor: Ethical Issues in Japan
Case 13:  Lucent Technologies: What Does FCPA Mean Again?
Case 14: Martha Stewart and ImClone:  What Color Goes with Prison Gray?
Case 15: McWane: A Dangerous Business
Case 16:  Merck’s Vioxx: How Would You Interpret the Data?
Case 17:  Music Industry: Ethical Issues In a Digital Age
Case 18:  Parmalat: Can You Sue Over Spilled Milk?
Case 19:  Perfect Payday: How Apple Computer And Others Have Learned to Love Stock Options
Case 20:  Tyco: I’m Sure That It’s A Really Nice Shower Curtain
Case 21:  Volkswagen: Herbie Takes Investors for a Ride
Case 22:  Wal-Mart: But We Do Give Them A 10% Employee Discount
Case 23:  WorldCom: Can You Hear The Lawsuits Now?