Title Business Cases in Ethical Focus
Author Fritz Allhoff, Alexander Sager
ISBN 9781554813742
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No of pages 320
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2020
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“This collection of contemporary cases is well suited for teaching business ethics. The short analyses accompanying each case introduce students to concrete ethical issues without delving into extensive theoretical debates. The open-ended reflection questions encourage readers to develop and justify their own views, so they are excellent prompts for extended classroom discussions. For instructors wanting to avoid theory-heavy approaches to business ethics, this text is a great option. It will hold student interest and stimulate authentic ethical reflection.”

Jeff Lawrence, North Island College

Business Cases in Ethical Focus contains thirty-six case studies, most of them the work of experts in their areas. The cases cover a wide range of ethical issues in business, from the high salaries of senior management to Sharia in the hospitality industry in Nigeria, from payday lending to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The book allows the instructor a good deal of flexibility in how it is used.”

Michael Davis, Illinois Institute of Technology


Business Cases in Ethical Focus is a new collection of in-depth case studies from around the world, covering all major areas of business ethics. Cases address a broad range of topics such as the ethics of entrepreneurship and finance, the challenges that diversity raises for business, and whistleblowing. The cases are provocative yet complex, conveying the difficulty of moral dilemmas and the potential for reasonable disagreement.

Key Features:

  • 36 real-world business ethics case studies written by scholars from around the world
  • Cases are organized into several broad themes, such as industry responsibility, diversity in the workplace, and international business
  • Each case has four parts: Background Information, Analysis, Discussion Questions, and a list of Further Readings and Resources
  • Cases engage with provocative contemporary issues such as social media in the workplace, marijuana sales, the pornography industry, and Sci-Hub
  • A brief introduction to business ethics and the analysis of case studies is provided to orient readers new to these topics



A Note to Readers


Part 1: Introduction

A Brief Guide to Business Ethics and Case Study Analysis (Alex Sager)


Part 2: The Responsibilities of Business

Unit 2.1: Responsible Industries

Chapter 1. Corporate Lobbying on GMO Labeling Legislation: Oregon Ballot Measure (Brad Berman)

Chapter 2. The Ethics of the Pornography Industry (Vanessa Correia)

Chapter 3. The Business Ethics of Recreational Marijuana (M. Blake Wilson)

Chapter 4. Of Prices and Pills: Ethical Issues in Pharmaceutical Pricing (Bryan Cwik)

Chapter 5. Private Prisons in the United States: A Case of Profit at Any Cost? (Tom McNamara, Irena Descubes, and Cyrlene Claasen)

Chapter 6. Payday Lending: America’s Unsecured Loan Market (Eric Palmer)

Chapter 7. Children and Gambling: The Ethical Problem of Loot Boxes (Alexander L. Hoffmann)

Unit 2.2: Responsible Businesses

Chapter 8. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Cyrlene Claasen and Tom McNamara)

Chapter 9. Dakota Access Pipeline: Profits v. Protests (Cyrlene Claasen, Tom McNamara, and Irena Descubes)

Chapter 10. Actions Speak Louder than Words: Rebuilding Malden Mills (David Meeler and Srivatsa Seshadri)

Chapter 11. Students Protest University Investments: Vanderbilt’s African Land-Grab (Joshua M. Hall)

Chapter 12. The Rana Plaza Collapse (Alex Sager)

Chapter 13. Distributive Justice: The Case of Café Feminino (Kyle Johannsen)


Part 3: Employment and Diversity

Unit 3.1: Employment

Chapter 14. Want This Job? Provide Your Facebook Username and Password: The Cases of Justin Bassett and Robert Collins (Brett Gaul)

Chapter 15. Professional Misconduct While Off-Duty (Luke Golemon)

Chapter 16. Obligations, Responsibility, and Whistleblowing: A Case Study of Jeffrey Wigand (Brian J. Collins)

Chapter 17. Who Judges Whom: The Ethics of Performance Reviews (Michael Klenk)

Chapter 18. Free Expression in the Workplace: The Firing of James Damore (Nils Ch. Rauhut)

Chapter 19. Distributive Justice and Precarious Work (Kyle Johannsen)

Unit 3.2: Diversity

Chapter 20. Religious Commitments in the Workplace (T.J. Broy)

Chapter 21. Guests with Autism and Reasonable Accommodations at Disney (Kevin Mintz)

Chapter 22. Women’s Autonomy and Fetal Protection (Sara De Vido)

Chapter 23. Gender-Based Discrimination: Glass Ceilings and Sexual Harassment (Sara De Vido)

Chapter 24. Women and Advertising (Sara De Vido)


Part 4: Business Practices

Unit 4.1: Buying and Selling

Chapter 25. The Ethics of Bluffing: Oracle’s Takeover of PeopleSoft (Patrick Lin)

Chapter 26. Citibank and Collateralized Debt Obligations (Tom McNamara and Irena Descubes)

Chapter 27. Misplaced Incentives: Large-Scale Fraud at Wells Fargo (Irena Descubes, Tom McNamara, and Cyrlene Claasen)

Chapter 28. Nestlé and Advertising: An Ethical Analysis (Chris Ragg)

Chapter 29. Pharmaceutical Payments and Opioid Prescriptions (Fritz Allhoff)

Chapter 30. Conflict Minerals and Supply Chain Management: The Case of the DRC (Scott Wisor)

Unit 4.2: Doing Business at Home and Abroad

Chapter 31. Democracy in Business: The Mondragon Workers Cooperative (Tom McNamara, Cyrlene Claasen, and Irena Descubes)

Chapter 32. The Equifax Hack (Leonard Kahn)

Chapter 33. The Case of Sci-Hub and the “Robin Hood of Science” (Georgiana Turculet)

Chapter 34. Shari’a and the Hospitality Industry in Nigeria (Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere)

Chapter 35. Google in China: Censorship Requirements Challenge the Internet Company (Theresa Bauer)

Chapter 36. Buying Influence in China: The Case of Avon Products Incorporated (Peter Jonker)

About the Editors:

Fritz Allhoff is Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University.

Alexander Sager is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University

Target Audience:

This textbook is ideal for instructors and students who structure their business ethics course around cases studies, as well as for those who want to supplement their course materials.


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