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Applying Care Ethics to Business

Series: Issues in Business Ethics, Vol. 34

Hamington, Maurice, Sander-Staudt, Maureen (Eds.)

2011, XXVI, 304 p.

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  • Provides fresh and timely insight into ideal business values and commitments
  • Re-examines corporate responsibility and business ethics, in an atmosphere of economic turbulence and new scrutiny of market practices
  • Offers the first book-length analysis of business and economic cases and theories from the perspective of care theory

Applying Care Ethics to Business is a multidisciplinary collection of original essays that explores the intersection between the burgeoning field of care ethics and business. Care ethics is an approach to morality that emphasizes relational, particularist, and affective dimensions of morality that evolved from feminist theory and today enjoys robust intellectual exploration. Care ethics emerged out of feminist theory in the 1980's and the greatest contribution to moral analysis among Women' Studies scholars. Today, feminists and non-feminist scholars are increasingly taking care ethics seriously. Applying care to the marketplace is a natural step in its maturity. Applying Care Ethics to Business is the first book-length analysis of business and economic cases and theories from the perspective of care theory. Furthermore, given economic turbulence and the resulting scrutiny of market practices, care ethics provides fresh and timely insight into ideal business values and commitments.

In many ways, care ethics’ emphasis upon connection and cooperation as well as the growth and well-being of the other make it appear to be the antithesis of the corporate character. Nevertheless, many contemporary theorists question if traditional moral approaches based on autonomous agents is adequate to address a shrinking and interconnected world—particularly one that is marked by global markets. Applying Care Ethics to Business offers a unique opportunity to rethink corporate responsibility and business ethics.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » affective dimensions of morality - business ethics - care ethics - connection and cooperation - corporate responsibility - corporate social responsibility - csr - dimensions of morality - economic ethics - feminist theory - feminists - ideal business values - non-feminist scholars - particularist of morality - relational of morality - scrutiny of market practices - social policy - socially responsible investment - sri

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Business & Management - Economics - Personality & Social Psychology - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics

Table of contents 

Introduction: Care Ethics and Business Ethics.- Section 1:  Justice, Distribution, and Economics.- 1. Dare to Care with an Ethics of Care; Thomas Hawk.- 2. Care Ethics and Markets: A View from Feminist Economics;  Julie A. Nelson.- 3. Adam Smith Cared, So Why Can’t Modern Economics?: The Foundations for Care Ethics in Early Economic Theory; Andrew Terjesen.- 4. The Ethics of Care and Economic Theory: A Happy Marriage? ; Dimitria E. Gatzia.-  Section 2: Corporate Decision Making.- 5.  Care Ethics and Stakeholder Theory;  Daniel Engster.- 6. Moving Toward a More Caring Stakeholder Theory:  Global Business Ethics in Dialogue with the Feminist Ethics of Care; Daniel Palmer and Mary Lyn Stoll.- 7. Elucidating the Role of Care in Ethical Decision-Making and Action; Sheldene Simola.-8. Care Ethics and Unintended Consequences; Daryl Koehn.- Section 3: Case Studies.- 9. The Changing Face of Ethics in the Workplace: Care and the Impact of Immigration Enforcement; Jill Hernandez.- 10. Taking Care of Business: Caring in Competitive Corporate Structures; Bill Puka.- 11. Bumfights and Care Ethics: A Contemporary Case Study; Mathew Brophy.- Section 4: Corporate Culture.- 12. Care and Loyalty in the Workplace; Julinna C. Oxley and Dylan Wittkower.- 13. Care Ethics, Knowledge Management, and the Learning Organization; Maurice Hamington.- 14. Care As A Corporate Virtue; Maureen Sander-Staudt.- Bibliography.-Contributor Biographies.-Index.

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