Essentials of Business Ethics: Creating an Organization of High Integrity and Superior Performance

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 8, 2009 - Business & Economics - 318 pages
The essential guide to creating an organization ofhigh integrity and superior performance

With the high-profile corporate scandals that have taken place in recent years, corporate ethics are more important to a business than ever before. The failure of ethical leadership in an organization is very destructive-it demoralizes the workforce, breeds public distrust, and ultimately results in organizational decay.

Based on more than two decades of consulting, teaching, and research, Denis Collins's Essentials of Business Ethics is designed with appreciation for your demanding professional obligations, with easy-to-find, at-your-fingertips information. Its nuts-and-bolts presentation provides you with practical "how-to" examples and best practices on every area of managing ethics inside your organization in a handy, concise format.

This brief yet powerful guide presents executives and leaders with timely discussion on:

  • Human nature and unethical behavior in organizations
  • Determining the ethics of job candidates
  • The differences between a Code of Ethics and a Code of Conduct
  • The best practices for managing diversity
  • Using Management-by-Objectives to establish work goals that encourage ethical behavior
  • Performance appraisals that reward ethical behaviors
  • Aligning community outreach with the company's mission and assets
  • Handling the environmental change process
  • How to manage three internal communication mechanisms for employees to report potentially unethical or illegal behaviors: an Ethics & Compliance Office, Ombudsman, and Ethics Hotlines

Providing a five-step ethics job-screen process and an ethical decision-making framework, as well as guidelines for conducting a variety of business ethics workshops, Essentials of Business Ethics is the only guide you will need containing all the relevant facts on business ethics, all in one place.

 

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Contents

Human Nature and Unethical Behavior
3
Getting Everyone on Board
33
Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct
59
Ethical DecisionMaking Framework
77
Ethics Training
97
Respecting Employee Diversity
127
Daily Internal Operations
153
Ethical Leadership Work Goals and Performance
177
Empowering Ethical Employees
205
Being a Good Citizen
231
Community Outreach and Respect
259
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Denis Collins, PhD, is a tenured Professor of Business at Edgewood College and teaches in the areas of business ethics, management, leadership, and organization behavior. Considered a leader among business ethics professors, Dr. Collins serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Academic Ethics, and Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society and has published numerous books and articles in the areas of social philosophy, participatory management, business ethics, and service learning.

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