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Understanding Business Ethics
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Understanding Business Ethics

Fourth Edition


May 2024 | 784 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Understanding Business Ethics, Fourth Edition offers an impactful exploration into the realm of ethics in the global business environment. Authors Peter A. Stanwick and Sarah D. Stanwick integrate four key dimensions to differentiate their work from other ethics textbooks: a global perspective, real-world business cases, comprehensive ethics topics, and a consistent theme linking each chapter.

Whether it's uncovering the intricate relations between businesses and their stakeholders, discussing the effects of financial reporting, or exploring the ethical implications of information technology, marketing, human resources, and the natural environment, this textbook equips readers with a robust ethical framework for the business world. Additionally, the timely case studies from diverse industries demonstrate the very real consequences of ethical and unethical decisions.

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Preface to the Fourth Edition
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapters and Corresponding Cases Matrix
 
About the Authors
 
Part I From Ethical Foundation to Addressing Stakeholder Needs
 
Chapter 1 The Foundation of Ethical Thought
 
Chapter 2 The Evolving Complexities of Business Ethics
 
Chapter 3 Stakeholders and Corporate Social Responsibility
 
Part II Internal Focus on Ethical Issues
 
Chapter 4 Ethics and Financial Reporting
 
Chapter 5 Ethical Leadership and Corporate Governance
 
Chapter 6 Strategic Planning, Corporate Culture, and Corporate Compliance
 
Chapter 7 Decision Making and Human Resource Issues
 
Part III External Focus on Ethical Issues
 
Chapter 8 Ethics and the Environment
 
Chapter 9 Ethics and Information Technology
 
Chapter 10 Marketing and Advertising
 
Chapter 11 Ethical Issues in the Developing World
 
Part IV Developing and Evaluating a Strong Ethical Focus
 
Chapter 12 Establishing a Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines
 
Chapter 13 Evaluating Corporate Ethics
 
Part V Cases
 
End Notes
 
Index

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"The most updated, comprehensive book you can use to teach ethics!"

Michael Pierce
Fresno Pacific University

"Looking for a deeply reflected and applicable textbook for in-class use in business ethics? Here it is. The best textbook I've ever found is the Stanwicks' masterpiece. Your students will love it."

Volker Brecht
Southern University at New Orleans

"Great textbook, with relevant cases from the real world."

Biruk Alemayehu
Southern University at New Orleans

"Excellent book with proper framing and interesting analyzes in various areas/fields, with special emphasis on practical cases."

Alberto Costa
Universidade De Aveiro

"This is an excellent undergraduate business ethics textbook for use in canvas courses of general business ethics topics."

Elissa F. Magnant
UMASS Lowell

"This is a current and easily understood survey of the most pressing ethical issues facing management today."

Jason Myrowitz
Northern Arizona University