Ethics for International Business: Decision Making in a Global Political Economy

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Routledge, 2005 - 269 pages
Based around a wide-ranging selection of real-life examples, this text focuses on how to make and explain 'best choice' judgements in international business situations. Business takes place in an increasingly global environment, where business, governments and civil society interact across diverse political systems and cultures. From third world sweatshops to restrictions on tobacco advertising, this creates particular tensions and dilemmas encountered in doing business across political and cultural boundaries. Most current texts on business ethics fail to bridge the gap between ethical theory, business management and international public policy. This innovative textbook provides a topical and relevant analysis of the ethical dimensions of doing business in a global political economy. From a starting point of applied ethics, the book introduces a common set of normative terms and analytical tools for examining and discussing real case scenarios. The case scenarios are taken from actual news articles drawn from the business media, illustrating the reality of ethical decision-making in a genuine corporate context. The central focus lies with how to make and explain best choice' judgements in international business situations. Anyone with an interest in the ethical implications of international business, or the business implications of corporate responsibility in the global market will find this book a thought-provoking yet balanced analysis. Clearly written, with extensive real world examples, this book will be the textbook of choice in this challenging field.

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John Kline is Professor of International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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