Ethical Challenges to Business as Usual – Second Edition
  • Print Publication Date: July 31, 2022
  • eBook Publication Date: May 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554814510 / 1554814510
  • 400 pages; 6½" x 9"

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Ethical Challenges to Business as Usual – Second Edition

  • Print Publication Date: July 31, 2022
  • eBook Publication Date: May 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554814510 / 1554814510
  • 400 pages; 6½" x 9"

Ethical Challenges to Business as Usual offers a fresh approach to the ethics of business, casting a critical eye on entrenched assumptions and practices. It includes central works from such thinkers as John Locke, Karl Marx, Milton Friedman, Naomi Klein, and Thomas Piketty, while also introducing new voices on a range of pressing practical topics including racial discrimination in the workplace, factory farming, climate change, affirmative action, and whistleblowing. A truly applied anthology, this book encourages students to see the real-world applications of the theories at issue and to examine the consequences of business as usual.


Praise for the first edition:

“This book is much more multicultural in its approach to the topics than most business ethics texts, so even when the book deals with traditional topics, it does so in a refreshing manner. Also, the topics of poverty in relation to corporate culture… and corporate agriculture are important inclusions of topics usually neglected.” — Richard Kyte, Viterbo University

“This book is written in a conversational tone, inviting to the reader….I do think the approach of questioning the assumptions within ethical philosophy to be both innovative and sound. I think the material is likely to be well-received, since few other books do this.” — Michelle LeBaron, George Mason University

I. Ethical and Economic Theoretical Grounding

  • Data for, and Values in, Ethics
  • Ethical Theories
  • Capitalism and Critique

II. Human Rights and Environmental Challenges to Development and Globalization

  • 1. United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
  • 2. United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Principles and Responsibilities for Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises
  • 3. Thomas Donaldson, Moral Minimums for Multinationals
  • 4. The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
  • 5. Vandana Shiva, Development, Ecology, and Women
  • 6. Devon Peña, Defining Sustainable Development
  • 7. Clive Ponting, Creating the Third World
  • 8. Fauzi Najjar, The Arabs, Islam and Globalization
  • 9. Alison Jaggar, Is Globalization Good for Women?

III. Challenges Calling for Corporate Responsibility

  • 10. Michael Nalick, et. al., Corporate Sociopolitical Involvement: A Reflection of Whose Preferences
  • 11. Milton Friedman, The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits
  • 12. John M. Darley, How Corporations Socialize Individuals into Evildoing
  • 13. John Danaher & Sven Nyhol, Automation, Work and the Achievement Gap

IV. Justification For, and Challenges To, Property Rights

  • 14. John Locke, The Justification of Private Property
  • 15. Karl Marx, Estranged Labor
  • 16. Peter Singer, What Should a Billionaire Give—And What Should You?

V. Challenging Discrimination

  • 17. Elizabeth A Deitch, et. al., Subtle Yet Significant: The Existence and Impact of Everyday Racial Discrimination in the Workplace
  • 18. Shelby Steele, Affirmative Action: The Price of Preference
  • 19. David Benatar, Affirmative Action
  • 20. Patrice Fulcher, Hustle and Flow: Prison Privatization Fueling the Prison Industrial Complex

VI. Environmental Ethics Challenges to Business

  • 21. Aldo Leopold, The Land Ethic
  • 22. Shari Collins-Chobanian, Beyond Sax and Welfare Interests: A Case for Environmental Rights
  • 23. Martha L. Crouch, Biotechnology is Not Compatible with Sustainable Agriculture
  • 24. Valentin Beck & Bernd Ladwig, Ethical Consumerism: Veganism

VII. Challenging Consumption

  • 25. John Kenneth Galbraith, How Much Should a Country Consume?
  • 26. Robert Goodland, The Case that the World Has Reached Limits
  • 27. Shari Collins-Chobanian, A Proposal for Environmental Labels: Informing Consumers of the Real Costs of Consumption
  • 28. Naomi Klein, Beyond Extractivism: Confronting the Climate Denier Within
  • 29. Guy Claxton, Involuntary Simplicity: Changing Dysfunctional Habits of Consumption

VIII. Challenges to Business as Usual

  • 30. Sissela Bok, Whistleblowing and Leaks
  • 31. C. Fred Alford, Whistleblowers and the Narrative of Ethics
  • 32. David C. Korten, Economies for Life

Shari Collins is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University, and has co-edited several popular anthologies including Being Ethical: Classic and New Voices on Contemporary Issues, and Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach.

  • • The readings in this book are substantial without being overly technical, encouraging students to go beyond superficial examination of the issues at hand.
  • • Readings are designed to call into question the status quo, inviting reflection on our economy and on the nature of business.
  • • Special attention is paid to the environmental effects of business practices, and to the consequences of material consumption.
  • • An introductory chapter introduces the ideas of many classic and contemporary thinkers in the fields of ethical and economic theory, such as Kant, Mill, Rawls, Smith, and Pikkety.
  • • Each of the book’s section opens with a topical introduction from the book’s editor, and each subsequent reading is preceded by a contextualizing headnote and followed by a series of questions suitable for discussion or essays.
  • • Supplemental multiple choice quizzes and PowerPoint slides are available to instructors.

A companion website will be available to instructors adopting this book. The site will provide supplemental multiple choice quizzes as well as PowerPoint slides. More information will be available soon.