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Module Reading List

Business Ethics, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Sean Sinclair
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

All of the readings below are required. For guidance on further reading for essay research, please contact the module tutors.

Unit 8.1

C. Megone, ‘Two Aristotelian Approaches to Business Ethics’, in C. Megone and S. Robinson (eds.), Case histories in business ethics , (Routledge, London, 2002), Ch.2 pp.23-39. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

R. Duska, ‘The Why's of Business Revisited’, Journal of business ethics. , 1997, Vol.16, pp.1401-1409.

Michael C. Jensen, ‘Value Maximisation, Stakeholder Theory, and the Corporate Objective Function’, Business ethics quarterly , Volume 12, 2002, pp.235-256.

Unit 8.2

Donaldson, T (1982). Corporations and morality , ‘Chapter 2: The Moral Status of Corporations’, pp. 18-35. Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs.

Phillips, R & Margolis, J (1999). ‘Towards an Ethics of Organisations’, Business ethics quarterly , 9 (4), pp. 619-638.

Unit 8.3

Crane, A; Matten, D; and Spence, L (2008). Corporate social responsibility : readings and cases in a global context , Chapter 1, (London: Routledge), pp. 3-20. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Friedman, M (1970). ‘The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits’, The New York Times , September 13th 1970.

Goodpaster, K (1991). ‘Business Ethics and Stakeholder Analysis’, Business ethics quarterly , 1 (1), pp. 53-72.

Unit 8.4

Paine, Lynn S. (1994) ‘Managing for Organisational Integrity’, Harvard business review. , 72 (2), pp. 106-117.

Sternberg, (1994) Just Business: Business Ethics in Action (London: Little, Brown and Company) pp. 124-130, and 145-163. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Unit 8.5

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologica [electronic resource]. , IIa IIae, Q77 ( Secunda Secundae — the second section of the second part — Question 77 available at:

R. Mayer, ‘What's Wrong with Exploitation? ’, Journal of applied philosophy. , 2007, Vol. 24, Issue. 2, pp. 137-150.

Unit 8.6

George G. Brenkert, ‘Promotion, Advertising, Retailing and Customers’, Marketing ethics , (Blackwell, Malden MA, USA, 2008) Ch.4, pp. 137-159, 183. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

George D. Chryssides and John H. Kaler, (eds.) An introduction to business ethics (Thomson, London, 1993), pp. 403-417, 435-452. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Unit 8.7

De George, R (1999). ‘International Business Ethics’ in Frederick (ed.) A companion to business ethics , Blackwell: Oxford, pp. 233-242. (available online)

Hsieh, Nien-he (2004). ‘The Obligations of Transnational Corporations: Rawlsian Justice and the Duty of Assistance’, Business ethics quarterly , 14 (4), pp. 643-661.

Unit 8.8

Cowton, C. (2002). ‘Integrity, responsibility and affinity: three aspects of ethics in banking’, Business ethics : a European review. 11 (4), pp. 393-400.

Taibbi, M. (July 9-23, 2009). ‘The Great American Bubble Machine’, Rolling Stone Magazine .

This list was last updated on 27/06/2016