By Georges Enderle (auth.), Georges Enderle, Brenda Almond, Antonio Argandoña (eds.)

Georges Enderle ahead of offering a few introductory comments related to this quantity I may still wish to define in short the context from which this option of articles originates. (It turns out to me essential to emphasise those situations to be able to make clearer the contours of what's acknowledged and what's now not stated and to appreciate it larger. ) This context consists of, flrstly, a normal assessment of the country of the company ethics debate at the present time and, secondly, issues of the query of what angle and approach may be selected that allows you to advertise company ethics such a lot successfully. at the current scenario of the enterprise ethics debate at the present time, this can be very difflcult, if now not most unlikely, to achieve even a coarse review of the company ethics debate within the various nations of Europe and North the United States. Many actions happen in casual circles and on an area and local point; linguistic and different limitations abate the unfold of knowledge approximately them and, frequently, they don't seem to be even labelled "business ethics". whilst, such a lot of different issues sail below the flag of "business ethics" that one occasionally wonders if it may no longer get replaced via one other flag, for example new equipment of public-relations or larger motivation of company's staff. but, even with those difflculties in deflning enterprise ethics actions, one assertion not less than may be made with simple task.

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Is this assumption justifiable? If so, we must have some explanation of why it is sometimes proper to acquiesce in corruption when necessary for business survival. The need for guidelines for acting in a corrupt environment is predicated on the belief that ethics does not require a company's capitulation to corruption and that competing with unethical competitors or unethical external agents does require other rules than those governing competition with ethical competitors and external agents. Turning the other cheek and martyrdom may be personal ideals.

There are, however, certain basic attitudes involved which express a certain view of human motivation. These assumptions are best seen in the foundation laws of neo-classical economic theory, involving what are widely know as the rational economic man assumptions. A rational economic man is, flrst of all, rational. "Rationality" here is understood in a special way, so that the following are true: (1) For any individual A and any two options X and Y, one and only one of the following is true: A prefers X to Y; A prefers Y to X; A is indifferent between X andY.

London: Duckworth. : 1987, On Ethics and Economics, Oxford: Basil Blackwell. : 1987, "The Humean Theory of Motivation", Mind. 96,36-61. : 1964, The Theory of Social and Economic Organizations. New York: Free Press. TIlE CORPORATION AS AN OPEN ORGANISATION Juan Cruz Cruz Recent studies on individual behaviour in business organisations underline the fact that the training and development of each person depend upon the organisation's capacity for accepting, understanding and stimulating his or her freedom.

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