Ethics is about determining value; it’s deciding what’s worth doing and what doesn’t matter so much. Business ethics is the way we decide what kind of career to pursue, what choices we make on the job, which companies we want to work with, and what kind of economic world we want to live in and then leave behind for those coming after.
There are no perfect answers to these questions, but there’s a difference between thinking them through and winging it. The Business Ethics Workshop provides a framework for identifying, analyzing, and resolving ethical dilemmas encountered through working life.
The textbook and its cases follow along as closely as possible, citing from blog posts and recent news stories. Case studies are the most important components of this text because it was written for a discussion-intensive class. Ethics isn’t something we know; it’s something we do, and trying out our reasoning is the best way to confirm that it’s actually working.