Honesty, individualism, and pragmatic business ethics: Implications for corporate hierarchy [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 16 (12-13):1419-1430 (1997)
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The boundaries of honesty are the focal point of this exploration of the individualistic origins of modernist ethics and the consequent need for a more pragmatic approach to business ethics. The tendency of modernist ethics to see honesty as an individual responsibility is described as a contextually naive approach, one that fails to account for the interactive effects between individual choices and corporate norms. By reviewing the empirical accounts of managerial struggles with ethical dilemmas, the article arrives at the contextual preconditions for encouraging the development of reflective moral agents in modern corporations.



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Wesley Hiers
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