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Ethical Issues in Business 

Ethical Issues in Business

Inquiries, Cases, and Readings

Edited by: Peg Tittle

Publication Date: January 01, 2000
549pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551112572 / 1551112574

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The core of this text comprises chapters on all the key issues of business in Canada today. Each chapter includes a hypothetical case study and an introduction highlighting key ethical points; two academic essays; and a real-life case study. Questions for discussion accompany the essays and case studies. The author has also included a general introduction to ethical issues and an overview of ethical theory; a section on institutionalizing ethics (discussing ethics officers/programs/codes etc.); and appendices providing excerpts from important classic contributions to ethical theory and from relevant Canadian law.


"Ethical Issues in Business is a comprehensive package of articles, cases, and background discussion that provides an outstanding introduction to the subject for Canadian students. The text breathes fresh air into the study of business ethics; Tittle's breezy, user-friendly style puts the lie to the impression that a business ethics text has to be boring." - Paul Viminitz, University of Lethbridge

Peg Tittle is a Professor of Philosophy at Nipissing University in Ontario.

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About the Author

Note to Reader

Section I - Introduction to Ethics in Business

Making Ethical Decisions
The Role of Ethics in Business
A Few Words about Terminology
How to Think about Ethics
How to Discuss Ethics
Closing Comments
References and Further Reading

Section II - Introduction to Ethical Theory

Introductory Note
Kantian Ethics
Virtue Ethics
Feminist Ethics
Naturalistic Theories
Rights Theories
Justice Theories
Closing Note
References and Further Reading

Section III - Ethical Issues in Business

Introductory Note

Chapter 1 – Whistleblowing

What to Do? - Rivertree’s Grocery
Whistleblowing and Professional Responsibility - Sissela Bok
Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty - Ronald Duska
Case Study - Dr. Olivieri vs. Apotex

Chapter 2 – Advertising
What to Do? - AdNet
The Inconclusive Ethical Case Against Manipulative Advertising - Michael J. Phillips
The AIDS Crisis: Unethical Marketing Leads to Negligent Homicide - Franklin B. Krohn and Laura M. Milner
Case Study - Youth News Network (YNN)

Chapter 3 - Product Safety
What to Do? - Back to Basics
On the Ethics of the Use of Animals in Science - Dale Jamieson and Tom Regan
Nuclear Power—Some Ethical and Social Dimensions - Richard and Val Routly
Case Study - DINP in PVC Teethers

Chapter 4 - Employee Rights
What to Do? - Caregivers’ Overload
Ethical Outsourcing in UK Financial Services: Employee Rights - Mike J. Henderson
The Discourse of Control - Stephen Maguire
Case Study - The Westray Mine Disaster

Chapter 5 - Discrimination
What to Do? - Woodworking at the Education Centre
Affirmative Action and Employment Equity in Canada - Susan Dimock and Christopher Tucker
Is Mandatory Retirement Unfair Age Discrimination? - Gary A. Wedeking
Case Study - Safeway’s Jewelry Policy

Chapter 6 - Management/Union Matters
What to Do? - The Grievance
Public Employees’ Right to Strike - Mary Gibson
Ethics in Negotiation: Oil and Water or Good Lubrication? - H. Joseph Reitz, James A. Wall Jr., and Mary Sue Love
Case Study - The McDonald’s Union

Chapter 7 - Profit
What to Do? - No Limits, Ltd.
Economic Efficiency and the Quality of Life - Rockney Jacobsen
Are Profits Deserved? - Grant A. Brown
Case Study - Tembec: Losses to Profits

Chapter 8 - Canadian Issues
What to Do? - Canadian Natural Resources, Inc.
Sustainability and Historical Injustice: Lessons from the Moose River Basin - Wesley Cragg and Mark Schwartz
Business Ethics and National Identity in Quebec: Distinctiveness and Directions - Jean Pasquero
Case Study - Hockey: A Disappearing Canadian Cultural Icon

Chapter 9 - International Business
What to Do? - The Processing Fee
Ethics and Multinational Corporation vis-à-vis Developing Nations - James R. Simpson
Business Ethics and the International Trade in Hazardous Wastes - Jang B. Singh and V.C. Lakhan
Case Study - Microcredit: The Case of Calmeadow

Chapter 10 - Business and the Environment
What to Do? - Surprise Toxins
Corporate Responsibility - Wayne Stewart and Peter Dickey
If a Tree Falls... - John Palmer, Eugene Tan, and Kent A. Peacock
Case Study - Ballard Power Systems: Zero Emission Vehicles

Chapter 11 - The Medical Business
What to Do? - The Fetal Tissue Transplant Business
Ethics, Pricing and the Pharmaceutical Industry - Richard A. Spinello
The Morality of Human Gene Patents - David B. Resnik
Case Study - The St. Michael’s-Wellesley Hospital Merger

Chapter 12 - Ethical Investing
What to Do? - Put Your Money Where Your Morals Are!
The Ethics of Investing - William B. Irvine
Capitalist Crunch - Anders Hayden
Case Study - Investing in China

Section IV - Institutionalizing Ethics

Introductory Note
Ethics Offices / Officers / Committees
Ethics Programs
Codes of Ethics
Ethics Consultants
Ethics Audits
Closing Note

Appendix: I - Excerpts from ‘The Originals’ (Ethical Theories)

Appendix II – Relevant Canadian Law and Landmark Cases

Notes on the Contributors

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