Business Ethics, Pearson New International Edition, 7th Edition

Richard T DeGeorge

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Business Ethics, Pearson New International Edition, 7th Edition

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For courses in Business Ethics, Moral Issues in Business, Social Issues in Business, Business and Society, International Business Ethics, and Issues in International Business.

This systematic, integrated investigation of the field of business ethics is presented from an informed philosophical point of view. It argues that ethics is the glue as well as the oil that makes business possible, addressing the full gamut of issues: from such macro considerations as the moral justification of economic systems to such micro issues as proper computer use by employees.


Richard T. De George is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the International Center for Ethics in Business at the University of Kansas.  He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and he has been a research fellow at Yale University, Columbia University, Stanford University, and the Hoover Institution.  He was the Charles J. Dirksen Professor of Business Ethics at Santa Clara University in 1986, and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of  St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1985.


He is the author of over 200 articles and the author or editor of twenty books, including The Ethics of Information Technology and Business (2003); Business Ethics (also available in Japanese, Russian, Serbian and Chinese); and Competing With Integrity in International Business (1993), also translated into Chinese.  He has been the President of several academic organizations, including the American Philosophical Association, the Metaphysical Society of America, the Society for Business Ethics, and International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics.  He has given invited lectures on six continents at a great many universities and keynote addresses to a variety of organizations both here and abroad, including such places as Tokyo, Como, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, and Perth. He has been a consultant for Motorola, Hallmark Cards, Kansas City Power and Light, Koch Industries, and General Motors, among others, and is a specialist in international business ethical issues and codes.  In 2009 the Society for Business Ethics presented him with a special award “In recognition of a career of outstanding service to the field of business ethics”


In November, 1996, he received an honorary doctorate from Nijenrode University in the Netherlands together with Bill Gates and Nelson Mandela.



  • Comprehensive, systematic coverage—Provides a wide range of issues in all areas of business, including marketing, finance, management, strategic planning, computer systems, and more.

    • Provides students with the tools they’ll need to approach moral issues intelligently.
    • Provides instructors with a flexible text, as they can emphasise the topics they choose.
  • Moral reasoning in business, moral issues within the corporation, and ethics and international issues.
    • Enables students to apply the standard ethical approaches in analysing issues, problems, and cases.
  • Case studies—Open each chapter; these look at the ethical problems involved in an actual business situation.
    • Gives students a real-life perspective.
  • A global perspective.
    • Enables students to learn much from ethical practices in industrialised nations.
  • Solid pedagogy—Includes examples and study questions at the end of each chapter.
    • Enhances students’ learning experience.


Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Ethics and Business
  • Chapter 2: Conventional Morality and Ethical
  • Chapter 3: Utility and Utilitarianism
  • Chapter 4: Moral Duty, Rights, and Justice
  • Chapter 5: Virtue Ethics and Moral Reasoning
  • Chapter 6: Moral Responsibility: Individual and Corporate
  • Chapter 7: Justice and Economic Systems
  • Chapter 8: American Capitalism: Moral or Immoral?
  • Chapter 9: The International Business System, Globalization, and Multinational Corporations
  • Chapter 10: Corporations, Morality, and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Chapter 11: Corporate Governance, Disclosure, and Executive Compensation
  • Chapter 12: Finance, Accounting, and Investing
  • Chapter 13: Safety, Risk, and Environmental Protection
  • Chapter 14: Whistle-Blowing
  • Chapter 15: Marketing, Truth, and Advertising
  • Chapter 16: Workers’ Rights: Employment, Discrimination, and Affirmative Action
  • Chapter 17: Workers’ Rights and Duties Within a Firm
  • Chapter 18: Workers’ Rights and International Business
  • Chapter 19: The Information Age: Property and New Technologies
  • Chapter 20: Information, Computers, the Internet, and Business
  • Chapter 21: The New Moral Imperative for Business
  • Chapter 22: Global Issues and International Obligations