Just Business: Business Ethics in Action is a ground-breaking book, which has changed the way business ethics is considered by both the business community and philosophers. Employing a powerful, original explanatory framework, Just Business offers substansive answers to questions of business ethics, resolving key problems of personnel, finance and corporate governance. Even more significantly Just Business supplies an Ethical Decision Model which can be used to manage businesses' ethical problems whenever and wherever they arise, in all their real -life complexity and variety. By introducing conceptual clarity to business ethics, Just Business provides solid arguments for rebutting trendy but unethical demands for 'social responsibility' and 'stakeholding' in business. Just Business demonstrates that business's correct ethical concern is just. As presented in Just Business, business ethics is not an extraneous anti-business option: it is rigorous, analytical business tool. Just Business provides a systematic, jargon free argument to show that it is not necessary either to emasculate or to adulterate business for business to be moral.
Combining business realism with philosophical rigour, and employing a global pespective, Just Business should be of use to all who have dealings with business, whether as employees or directors, customers or lenders, shareholders or formulators of public policy.
Elaine Sternberg is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Business and Professional Ethics, University of Leeds, and Principal of Analytical Solutions, a consultancy firm specialising in business ethics and corporate governance. During her career to date, she has spent fourteen years as an investment banker in London, New York, and Paris; founded and ran two multi-million-pound profitable businesses; and has also lectured on business ethics at the London Business School.
Introduction: What Makes this Book Distinctive? ; SECTION 1: THE CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK ; 1. The Importance of Business Ethics ; 2. The Nature of Business ; 3. The Business of Ethics ; SECTION 2: RESOLVING ETHICAL PERPLEXITIES ; 4. Ethical Implications ; 5. The Ethical Enterprise ; 6. Personnel ; 7. Finance ; SECTION 3: ETHICAL DIRECTION ; 8. Corporate Governance ; 9. Ethical Accountability ; 10. Morals and Markets
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