Citing recent examples including Enron, Arthur Andersen, and WorldCom, Permission to Steal explores what went wrong and advocates a universal reassessment of what is considered "good" in corporate America. * A fascinating exploration of the recent corporate scandals which have rocked the global business community. * Written with sharp and compelling style, suitable for students, professionals, and general readers. * Companion website offers discussion points for the book as well as an up-to-date chronology of ongoing corporate scandals.
Lisa H. Newton is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in Applied Ethics at Fairfield University. She is the author of numerous articles and books in business ethics, and most recently published Business Ethics and the Natural Environment (Blackwell, 2004).
Preface. Introduction: The Stories. Choosing a Path in the Woods. 1. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil. A Look in the Mirror is Not Reassuring. An Ancient Fable Says It All. Lead Us Not Into Temptation. The Village. How Bad Can It Get? The Unspeakable Crimes of the Very Good. The Human Alone. 2. The Lethal Marriage of Ideology and Opportunity. The Pendulum Swings Right. Free Market Liberalism and Village Conservatism. The Origins of the Moral Human. Necessary Virtues. The Collapse of Every Restriction. The Transformation of the Landscape. The Pension Betrayal. The Hood Robin Syndrome. Permission to Steal. 3. Humility and Hope. Turning the Elephant. Picking Up the Pieces. Learning to Tell the Truth. Regaining the Duty of Stewardship. Re-visioning the Republic. Ending the Crime Wave. Finding Peace. A Concluding Note. Bibliography. Index