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  • Paperback: 699 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (Oct. 25 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130831441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130831446
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,219,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"For twenty-five years, successive editions of Beauchamp and Bowie have defined the state of the art in business ethics. With its masterful mix of classic and cutting-edge articles, relevant legal materials, and provocative cases, this business ethics text is the standard by which all others are judged." - John R. Boatright, Professor of Business Ethics, Loyola University Chicago --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Preface

We are delighted that Ethical Theory and Business has continued into the new millennium. The continued good fortune of this book is made possible by the many comments and suggestions that loyal readers have given us over more than a quarter of a century.

As the field of business ethics has matured, there has been an increased stability in the topics discussed. Nonetheless, the field is moving forward and we try to select readings that reflect those changes. Several changes simply update the discussion of topics in earlier editions. We do note that philosophers are taking empirical work in the field more seriously and that turn of events is reflected in some of the readings that we have chosen. Two of the areas where change is most noticeable are in the areas of employee rights and international business ethics. Advances in technology have increased the pressures on business to use that technology to improve the bottom line even if it comes at the cost of violating privacy. We have added an article on the electronic surveillance of employees and another article on the use of genetic testing in hiring decisions. In the international arena, discussions of bribery are not limited to the implications of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition the alleged sweatshop conditions in factories that supply the developed world with cheap textiles and other goods have become a concern on college campuses and in the business press. Thoughtful people are also asking whether the western industrialized version of capitalism will work everywhere, and some even wonder if capitalism has a contribution to make in the less developed countries. These issues are introduced in the chapter on international business ethics.

As we enter a new decade, we are not sure which topics in business ethics will receive the most attention. We might speculate that the present concern about genetically altered foods in Europe might become a concern in the U.S. as well. However, as the field develops, we pledge that we will continue to reflect those changes in future editions.

As in the past, several persons deserve special recognition for their assistance in preparing this edition. Three anonymous reviewers provided Prentice Hall and us with valuable suggestions for updating the book. In addition we are thankful for the comments of Denis Arnold, Thomas Carson, Michael DeWilde, Mark W. Matthews, and Barbara McGraw.

In this edition, we have been ably assisted by Padma Shah, Mark Gaspers, and Michael Hammer—three student research assistants who exceeded their duties in searching data bases, locating new materials, and suggesting many changes to make the book useful for students. Special thanks go to Scott Reynolds, a doctoral candidate in business ethics at the University of Minnesota, who has provided library research, editorial assistance, and obtained permission to reprint many of the articles in this edition. Permission for the other articles was obtained by Moheba Hanif, who worked on manuscript preparation from the beginning of the project and made manuscript corrections for five of the nine chapters.

Tom L. Beauchamp
Norman E. Bowie

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I teach business ethics at the college level, and have found Ethical Theory and Business to be very helpful. Basically, B and B attempt to do three things, or so it seems to me. First, they offer an introductory essay, covering some of the main distinctions in both meta-ethics (e. g. whether morality is objective or subjective) and normative ethics. This essay is the weakest part of the book, I think, because they seem to offer caracatures of most relativist leaning views (e. g. egoism), and do not adequately criticize Kantian moral philosophy. But even so, the essay does explain many useful distinctions in philosophical ethical thought. Second, B and B offer both classic readings in Business Ethics (e. g. Milton Friedman), as well as really up to date readings, by many of the leaders in the field (e. g. R. Edward Freeman). This is quite a good selection of readings, although they have omitted a few classic essays (like Galbraith's 'The Dependence Effect'), and a few subjects which might have been useful, such as the question of whether one can attribute moral agency to corporations at all. Even so, B and B include more than any course in Business Ethics could cover. Third, B and B provide a Web site with excersizes and instructor aids. Depending on how much one uses the Web, this may be helpful too. So generally speaking, although no anthology is perfect, Beauchamp and Bowie have put together an admirable collection. There is a seventh edition coming out soon. Perhaps that one will be as good as this one.
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By A Customer on May 11 2001
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Ethical Theory and Business by Beauchamp & Bowie is the worst academic book I have ever been required to read. I agree with the reader from Minnesota that this book is very dry and boring and if I could give this book zero stars I would. All of the chapters in the book do not flow together very well since this book is very unorganized and is nothing more than a collection of narrative articles. The book does not have an index or any illustrations in it and the companion website to the book [stinks]. I do not think I learned anything about business ethics from reading this book nor did I find the information in it helpful for me in my life. After I finished reading this book, I felt like throwing it away, but instead I sold mine back to the bookstore. So if you want to learn about business ethics and are not required to purchase this book for a class, do not purchase this book.
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By A Customer on June 22 2001
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I really enjoyed this anthology, especially the section on sexual harassment. Some of the subjects were hard going, but, it was a good introduction to business ethics.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
In Defense of Beauchamp and Bowie June 16 2001
By Charles Starkweather - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I teach business ethics at the college level, and have found Ethical Theory and Business to be very helpful. Basically, B and B attempt to do three things, or so it seems to me. First, they offer an introductory essay, covering some of the main distinctions in both meta-ethics (e. g. whether morality is objective or subjective) and normative ethics. This essay is the weakest part of the book, I think, because they seem to offer caracatures of most relativist leaning views (e. g. egoism), and do not adequately criticize Kantian moral philosophy. But even so, the essay does explain many useful distinctions in philosophical ethical thought. Second, B and B offer both classic readings in Business Ethics (e. g. Milton Friedman), as well as really up to date readings, by many of the leaders in the field (e. g. R. Edward Freeman). This is quite a good selection of readings, although they have omitted a few classic essays (like Galbraith's 'The Dependence Effect'), and a few subjects which might have been useful, such as the question of whether one can attribute moral agency to corporations at all. Even so, B and B include more than any course in Business Ethics could cover. Third, B and B provide a Web site with excersizes and instructor aids. Depending on how much one uses the Web, this may be helpful too. So generally speaking, although no anthology is perfect, Beauchamp and Bowie have put together an admirable collection. There is a seventh edition coming out soon. Perhaps that one will be as good as this one.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Critical Compendium July 19 2002
By theinternetguru - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a critical reader, and it's probably the most highly used text in business ethics today. Those who reviewed this book negatively sound like people looking for a fun, non-academic overview of the field. If so, this book isn't it. These are articles published in top academic journals, edited for readability, by scholars who are addressing the fundamental issues in a wide range of topics. It's meant to expose the span of the field and still give students (not light readers) exposure to contemporary literature that touches on the most salient points. It's meant to be a starting point to deeper research in any given topic. As such, the book is a complete success. B & B do a great job (here as in other ethics compendiums) of providing a framework that makes it easy for a professor to expose her students to the field in one swoop. They do a fine editorial job, stripping the articles of padding, and they work hard to keep the offerings up to date (passing on older articles that are superceded by fresh insights that touch on contemporary challenges and technologies; look for something relating to the corporate scandals of this last year in the next edition). If you are a student looking for an overview on business ethics, this book is the correct starting point. If you are someone looking for light reading about corporate corruption, with illustrations and full-color photos, stick to People magazine.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Biased, but a good primer on business ethics Feb. 23 2006
By Anthony M. Faaborg - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good primer on business ethics, and it would be even better if the writer / editors hadn't shown their bias with their selections of included material.

Business ethics theories evolve, just like any other social phenomenon; however, just because a theory is new doesn't make it right. Especially in an ethics book! The authors are clearly biased against big business, against small government, and against "shareholder management" theory.

Does this make them right or wrong? No. The only "wrong" committed is the bias itself.

As you read this book, just keep your critical thinking skills sharp and your eyes open.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Good Anthology June 22 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this anthology, especially the section on sexual harassment. Some of the subjects were hard going, but, it was a good introduction to business ethics.
The book was okay, but not great... Dec 17 2007
By Moirae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Used for one of my MBA courses.

I wish the book had explained more in detail on how one would define an ethical dilemma--Perhaps a step by step approach on how to define and apply the ethical principles would have been beneficial? To me, the book was just a collection of thoughts by various authors.

On the bright side chapter 1 explains several of the ethical principles, but it is up to you to understand how to define and apply them.

Anyway, use at your own risk.


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