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Business Ethics Education and the Pragmatic Pursuit of the Good

  • Schweigert F
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"This book is an extended argument for the critical importance which justice and ethical leadership should have in business ethics education. The book examines the history of ideas and purposes in education, the contemporary role of business schools, and the social foundations of moral education to conclude that the pragmatic pursuit of the good must be a central aim of business strategy. To meet the challenges facing society today, the masters of business must be moral craftsmen in a just and democratic private property economy that serves the common good. The author grounds this vision for business leadership in the centrality of systems of exchange in human society, in generating prosperity and providing for the general welfare. Business ethics education has focused primarily on moral formation of individual leaders and managers in the context of ethical codes, organizational culture, and legal compliance. Important as this approach is, it fails to generate a sufficient level of business responsibility to satisfy legitimate social concerns regarding the use of natural resources, environmental sustainability, reasonable limitation of systemic risk in capital markets, and fair allocation of goods and services. If the social purpose of business is not intentionally embraced and diligently pursued, the economy may enrich a few but impoverish the society, its resources, and its democracy. Hence this book argues for a new vision of business ethics that is grounded in public accountability of business operations and outcomes for the common good, as a matter of justice." -- Publisher's description. Preface; Contents; Chapter 1: Introduction; 1.1 The Matter of Justice; 1.2 Business Education; 1.3 Business Ethics Education; 1.4 An Expanded Educational Agenda; 1.4.1 Expanded Aims of Business Strategy; 1.4.2 Expanded Aims of Ethical Leadership; 1.4.3 Expanded Aims for Moral Formation; 1.5 Social and Philosophical Foundations for This Agenda; 1.6 Conclusion; References; Chapter 2: The History and Ideals of Business Education; 2.1 Introduction: The Historical Foundations American Business Schools; 2.2 The History of Ideals of Higher Education 2.2.1 The Ideals of Classical Education: Virtue and Ambition2.2.2 The Ideals of American Education: Equality Among Unequals; 2.2.3 The Ideals of Nineteenth Century American Education Reform: Conflicting Agendas; 2.3 The Ideals of Business Education in University Business Schools; 2.3.1 The Ideal of Managerial Professionalism: Moral Purpose; 2.3.2 The Ideal of Scientific Management: Ethical Neutrality; 2.4 Conclusion; References; Chapter 3: Contemporary Foundations for Business Ethics Education; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Education in the Ethics of Business; 3.2.1 Required Coursework 3.2.2 Teaching the Ethics of Business3.2.3 The Disconnect in Business Ethics Education ; 3.3 Current Business Ethics Education-Values, Virtues, and Cognitive Development-vs. the Pursuit of Self-Interest; 3.3.1 Moral Education: Foundations and Methods ; 3.3.2 Social Foundations for Moral Education in Business Schools; 3.3.3 Philosophical Foundations for Moral Education in Business Schools; 3.4 Conclusion: Clarity in Teaching Self-Interest vs. Confusion in Teaching Morals; References; Chapter 4: Social and Historical Foundations for Business Ethics 4.1 Introduction: The Extension of Pro-social Norms Through Institutions of Belief and Exchange4.2 Market Coordination in Archaic and Ancient Systems of Exchange; 4.3 Disjunction: Morals vs. Markets vs. Morals; 4.3.1 Business Organization; 4.3.2 Moral Transformation; 4.4 Modern Conceptions of Property and Markets; 4.4.1 Liberties of the Moderns; 4.4.2 Natural Right to Property; 4.4.3 Sacred Right of Property; 4.4.4 The Free Market as a System of Economic Coordination; 4.5 American Foundations for Business Ethics; 4.5.1 Historical Foundations for American Business Ethics 4.5.2 Philosophical Foundations for American Business Ethics4.5.3 Economic Outcomes; 4.6 Conclusion: Liberty, Property, and the Free Market: From Take-and-Hold to Give-Receive-Reciprocate; References; Chapter 5: Business Strategy as Social Responsibility and as a Matter of Justice; 5.1 Introduction: The Social Purpose of Business as a Matter of Justice; 5.2 The Ordinary Pressures of Business Operations ; 5.3 The Pragmatic Pursuit of the Good; 5.4 Objections to a Social Purpose for Business; 5.5 Market Dynamics for a Just Economy; 5.6 Conclusion: From Moral Hazards to Moral Leadership

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Schweigert, F. J. (2016). Business Ethics Education and the Pragmatic Pursuit of the Good. Business Ethics Education and the Pragmatic Pursuit of the Good. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33402-8

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