My book Hard Like Water - Ethics in Business, is an innovative, timely and practical approach to business ethics. It presents a comprehensive discussion of the business ethics field, from a uniquely Canadian, contemporary and international perspective. It shows how Moral Intelligence, working from a set of Core Values, and following key practical problem solving maxims, penetrates business practices, and treats businesses as complex social institutions. It presents ethics as a leading change factor in society and the economy.
Hard Like Water deals with the key areas of business: mergers and takeovers, the Board, franchises, a reasonable profit, the social side of management, organizational values and cultures, human resources, marketing, social performance, and government relations, and dealing with different cultures. In a more current vein, much is said about restorative environmental management, innovation and intellectual property, globalization, international business and dubious payments, and using ethical scenarios to plan for an uncertain future.
Each chapter begins with 'old tales' of unethical or amoral business behaviour, and then moves on to 'new tales' about successful companies that behave ethically. The disasters that make the news, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Barings Bank collapse, the Westray Mine Explosion, the Tobacco industry research and litigation, are shown to be the result of the firm's failure to act ethically--like the current Enron scandal. They are contrasted with new tales of proactive firms like the Body Shop, Hewlett Packard, Falconbridge, and many others.
The pages of Hard Like Water are stocked with real world stories and informative tables. A helpful glossary of key terms is included. The full Contents are presented below.
Prologue ETHICS IN BUSINESS
Part I: Ethics in Business, The Soft New Tale Part II: A Note on (Moral) Theory
Part One EXPLORING THE CORE
Chapter 1 OWNING VALUESThe Partners' Ship Part I: Old Tales about Ownership. Part II: New Tales: Socially Inclusive Ownership.
Chapter 2 MANAGING VALUESShip's Executive Part I: An Old Tale: Riskless Finance Part II: New Tales: Socially Intelligent Management
Chapter 3 ORGANIZING VALUESValues in Shipping Part I: Old Tales: Groupthink and Whistle-Blowing Part Two: New Tales: Organizing Ethical Values
Part Two JOURNEYING FURTHER
Chapter 4 WORKING VALUESMutinous Waters Part I: Old Tales about work risks Part II: New Tales about equity and inclusion
Chapter 5 MARKETING VALUESShipping Trade Part I: Old Tale: Buyer beware Part II: New Tales: Market Ethics
Chapter 6 TECHNICAL VALUESShipping Risks Part I: Old Tale: Mismanaging Technologies Part II: New Tales: Knowledge Economy Ethics
Chapter 7 NATURAL VALUESAt Sea Part I: Old Tales about Tankers, Diapers and Chlorine Part II: A New Tale: Proactive Environmental Management
Chapter 8 SOCIAL VALUESThe Ship's Flag Part I: Old Tales about Social Irresponsibility Part II: new Tale: Business in Society
Chapter 9 INTERNATIONAL VALUESPorts of Call Part I: Old Tales about Politics, Children and Money Part II: New Tales about Social trade
Chapter 10 FORESIGHT ETHICSWhat Ship? Where We've Been, & Where We're Going
Glossary / Bibliography / Index
Is published by Oxford University Press Canada in 1998.
The ISBN is: 019 541210 9
The price in Canada is CAN$29.95.
You May order it from your favourite Bookstore, or through the regional offices of Oxford University Press, or from these websites:
In Canada: chapters.indigo.ca
In Canada: amazon.ca
In the USA: amazon.com
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