The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

An Integrated Approach

Author: Gerald R. Ferrera,Mystica M. Alexander,William P. Wiggins,Cheryl Kirschner

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454846321

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 784

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This text offers a comprehensive, accessible, engaging introduction to the legal environment of business with a unique, integrated focus on ethical theory and decision -making and on the global context in which modern businesses operate. Using realistic hypotheticals and scenarios, the authors illustrate and illuminate as they help students prepare to meet the often thorny challenges they will face in today's rapidly changing world of business. Features: Comprehensive coverage of the legal environment ofbusiness, from Business Organizations to Liability Uniquely integrated conceptual and thematic emphasis on the ethical theory underlying legal decisions, the global context of business decisions and operations, and issues of sustainability and corporate responsibility Excellent hypotheticals, case and statutory treatments, ethics integration, and global perspectives presented in interesting, accessible prose and formats Focus on AACSB Accreditation Standards, notably those relating to ethics education and social and ethical responsibility
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The Aspen Institute Guide to Socially Responsible MBA Programs: 2008-2009

Author: The Aspen Institute

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1576756661

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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The Aspen Institute, a premier non-profit, research organization for corporate social responsibility, offers the first comprehensive guide to the world’s leading global MBA programs in CSR—an indispensable guide for prospective students, universities, hiring companies, and libraries. This guide provides an overview of how global MBA programs bring social impact management into their curricular and extracurricular programs. Social impact management, which includes environmental, ethical, and corporate governance issues, is the field of inquiry at the intersection of business needs and wider societal concerns that reflects their complex interdependency. Without an understanding of this interdependency, neither business nor the society in which it operates can thrive. Each year business schools from around the world strive to differentiate themselves and attract the best and the brightest future business leaders, while prospective MBAs are looking for a program that will provide effective management skills to succeed in the changing face of business. The bottom line is no longer exclusively dedicated to financial returns. Rather, business leaders must also consider the environmental and social impacts of their decisions in order to compete in today’s marketplace. The MBA schools that participate in the Aspen Institute’s survey, and are therefore highlighted in the Aspen Institute Guide for Socially Responsible MBA Programs: 2008-2009, are leaders in integrating these issues into their MBA curricula.
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Toward Assessing Business Ethics Education

Author: Diane L. Swanson,Dann G. Fisher

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 1617351644

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 425

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Toward Assessing Business Ethics Education, edited by Diane L. Swanson and Dann G. Fisher of Kansas State University, is a sequel to their book Advancing Business Ethics Education in the Ethics in Practice IAP book series. The focus on assessment in this second book is a timely response to the urgent search among business schools for ways to teach and assess ethics at a time when the public’s faith in corporations and business schools has been undermined greatly by the failure of both to respond to widespread corruption and scandals in the business sector. Although no one expects business education alone to resolve these problems, the distinguished scholars represented in this book advocate that business schools should at least do their part by exposing their students to decision models that incorporate ethical dimensions on behalf of corporate stakeholders and society at large. As the book’s title conveys, it is then important to assess key learning objectives to insure that business students graduate knowing ethics fundamentals and armed with the ability to recognize ethical dilemmas and possible solutions during the course of their careers. This book will speak to all who are interested in accountability for business ethics education, especially business school deans, university administrators, faculty members, students, and prospective employers. This audience will find that the enterprise of assessing business ethics education is advanced in three ways. First, the book functions as a venue for distinguished scholars to share the innovative ways that they are assessing ethics coverage in courses and degree programs. Second, these authors identify what needs to be assessed and the means for doing so. Third, the book serves not only as a guide to assessment, but also as a platform for expanding and improving ethics coverage in business schools. Moreover, an important take away for readers is the provision of a simple formula, first advocated by Diane L. Swanson and William C. Frederick (University of Pittsburgh) in 2005, for delivering ethics education that minimizes assessment errors. By following this formula, business schools can provide assurances that ethics will not be assessed as being sufficient when it is woefully inadequate or even missing in the curriculum and that it cannot be distorted, diluted, or trivialized by uninformed coverage and still pass inspection. Avoiding these assessment errors is critical in an educational environment in which weak accrediting standards for ethics go hand in hand with spotty, uniformed coverage that would not be tolerated for other business disciplines.
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