Guy presents here a modern framework for incorporating ethics into business decisions. She identifies ten core values, such as caring, honesty, pursuit of excellence, loyalty, and responsible citizenship; her choices are valid for our society. In reaching a decision, one adds the impact of an action on each of these values to the usual analysis. When values conflict, choices must be made and the trade-offs explicitly noted. To illustrate the use of the framework, many cases with ethical components are presented. The case discussions show that Guy's technique is flexible and can lead to reasonable, satisfying decisions. The author provides thoughtful material for a practical discussion of core values and their application to business decision making. Such a discussion might raise the ethical awareness of people in many settings, but there is no evidence presented that following Guy's suggestions will lead to more ethical business behavior, although such a result is implied. Broad bibliography. University and large public library collections. * Choice *
MARY E. GUY is Collins Professor of Public Administration at the Askew School of Public Administration & Policy, Florida State University. Her previous books include From Organizational Decline to Organizational Renewal (Quorum, 1989) and Professionals in Organizations (Praeger, 1985).
Preface Introduction to Ethics and Decision Making Values, Ethics, and Personal Responsibility Decision Making Applying Ethical Decision Making Interpersonal Relationships Conflicts of Interest Adapting to Company Norms Good Citizenship Guidelines for Ethical Decision Making Bibliography Index