Trends in business ethics: Implications for decision-making by Stanley L. Jaki (auth.), Cees van Dam, Luud M. Stallaert

By Stanley L. Jaki (auth.), Cees van Dam, Luud M. Stallaert (eds.)

In August 1976 the examine seminar 'Decision-making in enterprise' used to be geared up at Nijenrode, The Netherlands college of commercial. greater than fifty scientists and practitioners from 9 nations provided learn papers in a single of the six chat groups. a few ofthem additionally offered a few of their rules in entrance of a big combined viewers at a one-day symposium. a number of the papers offered at Nijenrode have been of one of these prime quality that the choice to post a range of them was once a simple one. even as the recent sequence Nijenrode reports in company was once initiated. All who have been concerned, the coverage committee 'Of the Nijenrode stories, the advisory and editorial board of the sequence, the writer, and the organizing committee of the seminar and symposium, acclaimed the assumption of publishing 3 volumes within the new sequence. a set of 11 papers should be grouped lower than the identify traits in managerial andfinancial accounting, and has been released as quantity 1 of this sequence. a suite of fourteen papers has been released because the moment quantity less than the identify developments in monetary choice­ making, whereas this quantity, which include twelve papers (and an creation) explores the subject matter developments in company ethics. The creation through Stanley L. Jakiwas written for the symposium. It indicates why the papers of Pjotr Hesseling, Antoine Kreykamp, and Richard H. Viola, that have been no longer awarded at Nijenrode, are brought here.

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Any doubt about the moral legitimacy of business will be met with arguments on functional effectiveness in relation to the operational infirmities in socialistic and collectivistic economies. But moral arguments cannot be refuted with pragmatic evidence. It does not seem fair to blame the multinationals, because they represent our business ideology and have been instrumental in our material welfare. I do not know of any alternative ethical regime that has proved to be equally successful in operational effectiveness and can be transferred at a global level.

TEULINGS on the consumer which satisfy imaginary needs. Although I see the problem, I am somewhat hesitant about the elitist aspects of such views, for who is to decide between real and imaginary needs. When the magazine Story was introduced it was said that a certain escapism was being forced on the consumer which kept him from satisfying his actual need for self-development. One year later 700,000 copies were being sold to 3 million readers. Who is to say that this is an unethical act on the part of the producer, and that these 3 million readers are victims because they are satisfying an imaginary need.

V. TRADE UNIONISM AND ETHICS Arij Hordijk 1. Introduction Surprisingly perhaps, this introduction attempts to show that trade unionism is concerned with ethical attitudes and values. Many people consider trade unions necessary as a countervailing force against the power of the employers. For this reason alone, it might seem somewhat ludicrous to link ethics (teaching us how to deal with one another as human beings) with trade union activities. In a society in which all groups seek to defend their own interests to the fullest possible extent, it is difficult to believe that an interest group like a trade union can furnish us with a code of ethics.

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