Activist Business Ethics

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 29, 2004 - Philosophy - 200 pages
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“The truth can wait, for it lives a long life” (Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher, 1788-1860) The philosopher Schopenhauer believed in the eventual triumph of truth, despite the disappointments engendered by his indifferent contemporaries. Two centuries later, we live in a time of accelerated changes, and we do not have the long life to wait for the truth. Activist business ethics, business ethics with a more activist militant approach, is needed in order to remedy the wrongdoing committed to the stakeholders and minority shareholders. This will be achieved by cooperation between ethical businessmen and businesswomen, activist academics and associations of stakeholders and minority shareholders. We should treat others as we would want them to treat us, not through interest, but by conviction. Yet this principle is not the guideline of many companies in the modern business world, although most of religions and philosophers have preconized it in the last 3,000 years. How could we convince or compel modern business to apply this principle and is it essential to the success of economy? In order to answer these questions this book examines the evolution of activist business ethics in business, democracies, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and other religions, as well as in philosophy, psychology and psychoanalysis. The book examines international aspects, the personification of stakeholders, the predominance of values and ethics for CEOs and the inefficient safeguards of the stakeholders’ interests.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
ACTIVIST ETHICS IN BUSINESS
7
ETHICAL AND DEMOCRATIC EVOLUTION
23
ACTIVIST BUSINESS ETHICS IN CHRISTIANITY
35
ACTIVIST BUSINESS ETHICS IN JUDAISM
43
ACTIVIST BUSINESS ETHICS IN OTHER RELIGIONS
57
ACTIVIST BUSINESS ETHICS IN PHILOSOPHY
63
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOANALYTICAL ASPECTS
73
THE PREDOMINANCE OF VALUES AND ETHICS FOR CEOs
99
THE METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH OF THE BOOK
111
THE INEFFICIENT EXISTING SAFEGUARDS OF THE STAKEHOLDERS INTERESTS
119
INTERNET TRANSPARENCY ACTIVIST ASSOCIATIONS AND ETHICAL FUNDS
135
FUTURE ACTIVIST VEHICLES THE SUPERVISION BOARD
159
FUTURE ACTIVIST VEHICLES THE INSTITUTE OF ETHICS
165
CONCLUSION
171
BIBLIOGRAPHY
175

INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS
85
THE PERSONIFICATION OF STAKEHOLDERS
91

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