Reading for Ethics

For a crash course in understanding the issues in business ethics, consider the following:

Aquinas, Thomas St. “Summa Theologica,” Questions 55, 58, 61-63, from THE MORAL TEACHING OF ST. THOMAS (Burns & Oates:1896), pp. 155, 167-74,197-187.

Aristotle, “Moral Virtue,” in THE NICOMACHEAN ETHICS OF ARISTOTLE (Oxford University Press:1959), as translated by W.D. Ross, originally written circa 340 B.C., pp. 28-29.

Aristotle, “Nicomachean Ethics, Book 1,” in ARISTOTLE’S ETHICS (Oxford University Press: 1973), originally written circa 384 B.C., pp. 41-60.

Baucus, Melissa S. and David A. Baucus, “Paying the Piper: An Empirical Examination of Longer-Term Financial Consequences of Illegal Corporate Behavior,” 40 Academy of Mgt. J. 129 (1997).

Bok, Sissela, LYING: MORAL CHOICE IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIFE (Random House:1978).

Carr, Albert Z., “Is Business Bluffing Ethical?” 46 Harvard Business Review(1968).

Confucius, ANALECTS (Oxford University Press:1993), originally written in the 6th to 5th century B.C., pp. 58 and 62.

Drucker, Peter, “The Ethics of Responsibility,” from MANAGEMENT: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices (Harper Row:1973)

Freeman, R.E. and D. L. Reed 1983. Stockholders and Stakeholders: a New Perspective on Corporate Governance. California Management Review (25): 88

Rock, I. 1990. The Legacy of Solomon Asch. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, p. 3
Franklin, Benjamin, THE ART OF VIRTUE (Acorn:1996).

Friedman, Milton, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits,” New York Times Sunday Magazine, September 13, 1970.

Hammurabi (The Code), ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN TEXTS RELATING TO THE OLD TESTAMENT, ed. by James Pritchard (Princeton University Press:1969), written in 1792-1750 B.C., p. 175.

Hatano, Daryl, “Should Corporations Exercise Their Freedom of Speech Rights?” 22 American Business Law Journal 165 (1984).

Hayek, F.A., THE ROAD TO SERFDOM (50th anniversary edition 1994)) (University of Chicago Press:1972).

Hobbes, Thomas, LEVIATHAN (Dent:1914), first published in 1651, pp. 289-297.

Jennings, Marianne M., “The Tony Bennett Factor,” Wall Street Journal, June 26, 1995, A12.

Jennings, Marianne M., “Trendy Causes No Substitute for Virtue in Business,” Wall Street Journal, Dec. 1, 1997, A22.

Jennings, Marianne M., “Confessions of a Business Ethicist,” Wall Street Journal, September 25, 1995, A14.

Jennings, Marianne M., BUSINESS ETHICS: CASE STUDIES AND SELECTED READINGS, 7th ed. (Cengage:2011).

Jennings, Marianne M., SEVEN SIGNS OF ETHICAL COLLAPSE, 353 pp. St. Martin’s Press (2006).

Jennings, Marianne M., A BUSINESS TALE: A STUDY OF ETHICS, CHOICES, SUCCESS – AND A VERY LARGE RABBIT, 127 pp., Amacom Books (2003).

Jennings, Marianne M., BUILDING A BUSINESS THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD: LESSONS FROM 15 COMPANIES, EACH WITH A CENTURY OF DIVIDENDS, 259 pp. Greenwood Press, with Louis Grossman (2002).

Jennings, M. 2003. Restoring Ethical Gumption in the Corporation: A Federalist Paper on Corporation Governance: Restoration of Active Virtue in the Corporate Structure to Curb the “Yeehaw Culture” in Organizations, forthcoming in Wyoming Law Review.

Jennings (2), M.M. 2001. Are Business Schools Antibusiness. Across the Board (38):29.

Jesus, “The Sermon on the Mount,” MATTHEW 5:1-20

Kant, Immanuel, “The Categorical Imperative,” from “The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals,” in THE PHILOSOPHY OF IMMANUEL KANT, as translated by L.W. Beck (University of Chicago Press:1949) first published in 1785, pp. 55-63, 180-186.

Locke, John, Second Treatise on Civil Government, in SOCIAL CONTRACT (Oxford University Press:1960), originally published in 1690, pp. 7-9, 14-15, 23-26.

McCoy, Bowen (“Buzz”), “The Parable of the Sadhu,” 61 Harvard Business Review (1983).

Mill, John Stuart, THE ETHICS OF JOHN STUART MILL (Blackwood & Sons: 1897), pp. 89-127.

Morris, Tom, IF ARISTOTLE RAN GENERAL MOTORS: THE NEW SOUL OF A BUSINESS (Henry Holt:1997).

Nash, Laura, “Ethics Without the Sermon,” 59 Harvard Business Review (1981).

Nietzsche, Frederick on herd mentality in BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL (Henry Regnery:1955), pp. 110-111, originally published in 1886.

Novak, Michael, BUSINESS AS A CALLING (Free Press: 1994).

Novak, Michael, THE FIRE OF INVENTION: CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE FUTURE OF THE CORPORATION (Rowman & Littlefield: 1996).

Plato, “Morality as Good In Itself,” THE REPUBLIC (Macmillan:1892), pp. 18-25.

Plato, Gorgias, (Penguin:1960), , originally written circa 427 B.C., pp. 77-79, 84-105.
Rand, Ayn, THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS (Signet:1961).

Rand, Ayn, CAPITALISM: THE UNKNOWN IDEAL (Signet: 1967).

Rawls, John, A THEORY OF JUSTICE (Harvard University Press:1972), pp. 26-27.

Smith, Adam, AN INQUIRY INTO THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF THE WEALTH OF NATIONS (Dent:1776) (1910 republication).

Smith, Adam, THE THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS (Wells & Lilly: 1817)

Stark, Andrew, “What’s the Matter With Business Ethics?” 71 Harvard Business Review(1993).

Stearns, J.M. and S. Borna. 1998. A Comparison of the Ethics of Convicted Felons and Graduate Business Students: Implications for Business Practice and Business Ethics Education. Teaching Business Ethics 2(1):175-195.

Torah, THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD: SHABBATH (The Soncino Press:1938), translated by M. Freedman, written circa 30 A.D., p. 140.

CASES (Harvard Business School)
Marriott International and Marriott Host: The Debt Spin-Off
Pepsi in India
Otis Elevator in Vietnam
Ford Motor Company Earnings
Al Dunlap at Sunbeam
OTHER CASES
FINOVA Capital Corporation
Dell Corporation: pre- and post-contract and earnings restatements
Enron: pre-collapse and post-collapse
Martha Stewart
Tyco International
Goldman Sachs: pre-2008 and post-2008
Baptist Foundation of Arizona
New Era Philanthropy
WorldCom: pre- and post-collapse

About mmjdiary

Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, retiring in 2011 after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the legal environment of business. During her tenure at ASU, she served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999. In 2006, she was appointed faculty director for the W.P. Carey Executive MBA Program. She has done consulting work for businesses and professional groups including AICPA, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Edward Jones, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD. The sixth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, was published in February 2011. The ninth edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2011. The 23rd edition of her book, Business Law: Principles and Cases, will be published in January 2013. The tenth edition of her book, Real Estate Law, will also be published in January 2013. Her book, A Business Tale: A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards for 2004. In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Her book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity. Her latest book, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006 and has been a finalist for two book awards. Her weekly columns are syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio. She has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004 and served on the board of trustees for Think Arizona, a public policy think tank. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News. In 2010 she was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Business Ethics by Trust Across America. Her books have been translated into four different languages. She received the British Emerald award for authoring one of their top 50 articles in management publications, chosen from over 15,000 articles. Personal: Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.
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