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Organizational Ethics
A Practical Approach

Fourth Edition
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480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Every industry must confront unethical behavior in the workplace. Whether your students want to pursue careers in business, education, public service, or the military, they will need a solid foundational understanding of ethics and the impact their decisions will have on their organizations and their own lives.

Organizational Ethics: A Practical Approach
equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make a positive difference in their workplace. Self-assessments, reflection opportunities, and application projects allow students to practice their ethical reasoning abilities. Each part of the book focuses on a different aspect of ethical organizational behavior, examining ethics at the individual, group, and organizational levels. The revised Fourth Edition includes a new feature titled Contemporary Issues in Organizational Ethics and new case studies on current topics such as fake news, sexual harassment, and cultural appropriation. This book shows how readers can develop their ethical expertise and provides opportunities to practice problem-solving to defend their decisions.
 
List of Case Studies, Self-Assessments, Ethical Checkpoints, and Contemporary Issues in Organizational Ethics
 
Introduction: Making the Case for Studying Organizational Ethics
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
PART ONE. PRACTICING PERSONAL ETHICS IN THE ORGANIZATION
 
CHAPTER 1. Ethical Competencies and Perspectives
Developing Ethical Competencies

 
Defining Organizational Ethics

 
Ethical Perspectives

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Components of Personal Ethical Development
Component 1: Discovering Vocation

 
Component 2: Identifying Personal Values

 
Component 3: Developing Character

 
Component 4: Creating a Moral Identity

 
Component 5: Drawing Upon Spiritual Resources

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
CHAPTER 3. Ethical Decision Making and Action
Components of Ethical Behavior

 
Decision-Making Formats

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
PART TWO. PRACTICING INTERPERSONAL ETHICS IN THE ORGANIZATION
 
CHAPTER 4. Ethical Interpersonal Communication
Dialogue: An Ethical Framework for Interpersonal Communication

 
Ethical Communication Competencies

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
CHAPTER 5. Exercising Ethical Influence
Questions of Power

 
Ethical Issues in Influence

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Ethical Conflict Management
Conflict in Organizational Life

 
Becoming an Ethical Conflict Manager

 
Resolving Conflict Through Ethical Negotiation

 
Combating Aggression and Sexual Harassment

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
PART THREE. PRACTICING LEADERSHIP, FOLLOWERSHIP, AND GROUP ETHICS
 
CHAPTER 7. Leadership and Followership Ethics
Ethical Leadership

 
Ethical Followership

 
Meeting the Moral Demands of Followership: Principles and Strategies

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
CHAPTER 8. Improving Group Ethical Performance
Acting as a Morally Responsible Team Member

 
Responding to Ethical Danger Signs

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
PART FOUR. PRACTICING ETHICS IN ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS
 
CHAPTER 9. Building an Ethical Organization
Making Ethics Matter

 
Components of Ethical Culture

 
Cultural Change Efforts

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
CHAPTER 10. Ethical Marketing, Finance, Accounting, and Human Resource Management
Ethical Marketing

 
Ethical Finance and Accounting

 
Ethical Human Resource Management

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
CHAPTER 11. Promoting Organizational Citizenship
The Organization as Citizen

 
Promoting Organizational Citizenship

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
CHAPTER 12. Ethics in a Global Society
The Dangers of Globalization and the Challenges of Ethical Diversity

 
Developing Cross-Cultural Ethical Competence

 
Chapter Takeaways

 
Application Projects

 
 
Notes
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

An Instructor Teaching Site (Password protected) supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • An ExamView electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. ExamView is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Case notes include synopses, analyses, learning objectives, and discussion guides to assist with case-based teaching.
  • Teaching strategies, including suggestions for additional readings, provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
  • Carefully selected, web-based video links feature content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics. When relevant, related questions for discussion are included.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 

“[This is] a well-written text book that provides undergraduate students a basic understanding of workplace ethics and one that provides faculty numerous ancillary ideas for creating an engaging course.” 

Denise M. Cumberland
University of Louisville

“A very student-based, skill-building, introspective, and action-based approach to ethical decision-making that is more personal and practical.”

Joe Gerard
Western New England University

“An excellent, practical, student-centered, introductory organizational ethics text for undergraduates.” 

Glen E. Chapuis
Saint Charles Community College

“[This] is a very applied textbook that helps students become better ethical decision makers.”

John Tichenor
Stetson University

“An easy to read and compelling overview of ethics in the organizational context.” 

Joel T. Mackey
University of San Francisco

“This is an excellent text that succeeds in being intellectually rigorous, philosophically insightful, and well-grounded in psychology and the social sciences. If you are considering any change in the textbook you use for your business ethics course, I would recommend Organizational Ethics.”

Robert Bass
Thomas Edison State University

“Versatile, easy-to-read, equipped with plentiful instructor resources, and comprehensive in the discipline.”

Kathryn Woods
Austin Peay State University

“Very complete ethics coverage from personal to corporate. Up-to-date illustrations. Wide variety of methods used and available to introduce the material.” 

Pam Meyer
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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