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Global Business Ethics

Global Business Ethics

Responsible Decision Making in an International Context

Ronald D Francis, Guy Murfey


This comprehensive and practical textbook introduces the key tenets of applied business ethics and equips the reader to understand and resolve ethical dilemmas and moral issues within an international business context.

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About the book

Corporate social responsibility, sustainability and acting ethically are all accepted business aims, but their meaning and implementation in a global context is far less clear-cut. Global Business Ethics cuts through the confusion to provide a coherent basis for ethical decision-making within the complications of the international business landscape.

Underpinned by theory and including worked-through examples of ethical dilemmas and their solutions, this textbook will guide the reader beyond theory to real-world business decisions. Practical tools such as decision trees and suggested principles to apply in dilemma situations give readers the skills and confidence to tackle the ethical challenges they face. Global Business Ethics offers a unique working code of ethics provided as a model with guidance to readers for adaptation and implementation. Case studies include: Walmart, Hershey's, Citibank, Ford, Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Harley-Davidson, The Body Shop and Procter and Gamble.

A chapter on the legal aspects of ethics provides guidance on the complex relationship between law and ethics in international business. The final part takes an in-depth look at the practical application of ethics in business life. Covering all the major theories of ethics, including an examination of the role of quantification of ethics, Global Business Ethics demonstrates how their principles can be applied to inform better business decisions.

Online supporting resources for this book include instructor's manual, lecture slides and appendices.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Background to ethics
    • Chapter - 02: Justification for ethics;
    • Chapter - 03: Cross-cultural issues in business ethics;
    • Chapter - 04: Organizational factors in business ethics;
    • Chapter - 05: Individual factors in business ethics;
    • Chapter - 06: Theoretical approaches;
    • Chapter - 07: Legal aspects of ethics;
    • Chapter - 08: Ethical gradualism, culture, quantification and codes;
    • Chapter - 09: Investigating ethical breaches;
    • Chapter - 10: International standards and first principles;
    • Chapter - 11: Ethical codes: ready reference guide (glossary of international codes related to ethics)


An enjoyable read into a subject that, it must be said, is important but hardly going to be something you will probably actively seek out to read ahead of lighter, more pleasurable matters. It has the capability of being a frequently consulted companion, even if you are doing the right thing, at the right time for the right reasons.
Darren Ingram, Autamme.com


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749473952
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd November 2015
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 240x170
  • 248 pages

About the Author

Ronald D Francis is Professor Emeritus in Ethics and Governance at Victoria University, Melbourne. His experiences in ethics extends over decades, and includes a period as Chairman of a national ethics committee, and as a member of a psychologists' registration board, as well as ten years on a research ethics committee. As a consultant, he has worked with corporations and universities to develop ethics codes and deliver practical business ethics training.

Guy Murfey is a psychologist and lawyer, recently retired as the National Practice manager of the Australian Tax Office's (ATO) Legal Services Branch, where he was responsible for the day to day running of litigation, ensuring that the highest ethical standards of practice were adhered to.

Ronald D Francis

Guy Murfey

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