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Paperback 376 pp.
6 tables; 9 figures; 12 photos, 8" x 10"



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Business Ethics

Canadian Edition

Damian Grace, Stephen Cohen and William R. Holmes

Exploring the complexities of how businesses can operate sustainably while meeting society's increasing demand for accountability and social responsibility, this comprehensive and accessible text balances philosophical theories with a problems-based approach, giving students the opportunity to think critically about debates and issues in the field.

Readership : Business Ethics: A Canadian Perspective is a core text for business ethics courses at the college and university level.


  • "The selection of themes examined in this text is comprehensive and relevant to today's business world, and I especially like that the text examines these themes by providing a diversity of examples and cases from a Canadian perspective."
    --Dean Proessel, Western University

About the Authors
1. Ethical Reasoning in Business
What is ethics?
- Defining Ethics
- Elements in Moral Thinking - Broad Strokes
- Descriptive and Prescriptive Ethics
- Ethical Reasoning
Top-down and Bottom-up Approaches
Ethical Defeat
Reflective Equilibrium
Virtue Ethics
Thinking about "What should I do?"
- Requisite Considerations for Justifiable Ethical Decision-Making
Moral Pluralism
- Good Ethics is Good Business
- A Note on Self-Interest
Professional Ethics
- Care
- Confidentiality
- Responsibility and Accountability
- Professional Judgment
Case Studies and Moral Theory
- Why Case Studies?
2. Dirty Hands
Public Office and Business: Altogether Outside Ethics?
Different Perspectives: Public and Private Morality
Public and Private Morality and Dirty Hands
Good Ethics is Good Business - Again
3. Stakeholders
The Problem with the Notion of Stakeholder
The Usefulness of the Concept of Stakeholder
Occupational Health and Safety
Random Testing of Employees
- Corporate Surveillance
Consumer Protection andProduct Safety
4. Ethics in the Marketplace: Generosity, Competition, and Fairness
Ethics and the Law
Corporate Gifts and Benevolence
Fair Dealing and Care
5. Marketing and Advertising Ethics
Formal Regulation in Canada
The New Regime
The Story of Advertising
The Moral Problem in Advertising
Advertising Placements and Endorsements
- Endorsements
Bait Advertising and the Bait-and-Switch
Morals and Marketing
6. Equal Opportunity, Discrimination, and Affirmative Action
Employment Discrimination
- Comments about Discrimination in General
- Workplace Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Glass Ceilings, glass Walls
Sexual Harassment
7. Whistleblowing
Internal and External
The Evolving Situation
8. Corporate Governance NEW
The Principal-Agent Problem
Control and Monitoring
- Board of Directors
- Incentive-Based Executive Compensation
- Shareholder Activism
- The Market for Executive Employment
- The Market for Capital Control
- Government Oversight and Regulation
Weakness in the Board of Director Model
Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Governance
9. The Ethics of Accounting: The Case of a Profession in Business
Overview of the Accounting Profession
Professional Codes of Practice
Conflicts of Interest
Harms that Arise from Conflicts of Interest
Constitutive and Regulative Rules
Litigation and Auditing
10. Codes of Ethics and Institutional Ethics
Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct
Accountability and Responsibility
Back to Codes
Professional and Business Codes
Content of Codes of Ethics
- General Statement of Values and Guiding Principles
- Competence and Professional Standards
- Personal and Professional Behaviour
- Social Responsibility and the Environment
- Interpretation, Enforcement, and Sanctions
Two Brief Stories of Industry Codes
- The Banking Industry Code of Practice
Institutionalizing Ethics
11. The Environment
The Humanistic Argument
The Naturalistic Argument
Intergenerational Issues
The Precautionary Principle
Waste or Fertilizer
Voluntary Action
The CERES Principles
Canadian Standards and Principles
12. International Business Ethics
Competition or Trust?
Ethics and Cultural Difference
- Is Corruption Acceptable in Foreign Cultures?
- Cultural Relativism
The Global Social Responsibilities of Business
Business and Human Rights
A Double Standard?
Supportive Institutions
- The Global Sullivan Principles
- The UN Global Compact
- The principles of the Caux Round Table
- Transparency International
Appendix 1: Ethical Decision-Making Models
Appendix 2: The Caux Round Table Principles for Responsible Business
Glossary NEW

Instructor's Manual:
Chapter summaries
Learning objectives
Class exercises
Additional case studies
Teaching outlines incorporating key terms and definitions
Companion Website:
Tables and figures from the book
Suggested readings
Links to websites and blogs
RSS feeds on business ethics
YouTube videos relevant to business ethics
Test Bank:
Multiple-choice questions
True-or-false questions
Short answer questions
Essay questions
Student Study Guide:
Chapter summaries
Learning objectives
Self-grading review questions
Multiple-choice questions
True-or-false questions
Short answer questions
Essay questions
E-Book (ISBN 9780199000463):

Australian edition authors:
Damian Grace was an associate professor of philosophy at the University of New South Wales and is currently an honorary associate in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

Stephen Cohen is the director of Graduate Programs in Professional Ethics at the University of New South Wales and an associate professor of philosophy.

Canadian adaptor:
William Holmes is the dean of the School of Business at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He holds a doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern Queensland and is also a certified human resources professional. William Holmes previously served as the executive director of the undergraduate program in the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University.

Business Ethics - Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten

Special Features

  • Accessible introduction to ethics for students who may have limited experience thinking about business from a philosophical perspective.
  • Canadian examples ensure that the material is relevant for students in this country.
  • Canadian and international case studies give students the opportunity to think critically about the ethical issues and debates that they may encounter in the workforce.
  • Stand-alone chapter on corporate governance (Ch. 8) examines the controls put in place to ensure that corporations act in an ethical, legal, and transparent manner.
  • Practical guidelines for ethical decision-making include a variety of step-by-step models and the Caux Round Table Principles for Responsible Business.