August 11, 2006
To what ethical standards can we hold corporations?
In the past two years, monumental corporate scandals have been emblazoned on every front page, but people have largely responded with ambivalence to events such as Enron’s collapse and the tragedy of NASA’s Columbia. In Conscience and Corporate Culture, Goodpaster sets out to identify the common patterns among such recent events, and argues for the development of an ethical response. Reporting on more than three decades of professional evolution, the book serves as a platform for communication between doers and thinkers on a subject that is profoundly difficult and important.
A vital resource for both educators in the field of business ethics and practicing corporate executives, this volume is an important step in advancing the constructive dialogue on corporate conscience. Perhaps we should ask no more of corporations than we ask of ourselves morally, but neither should we ask less.
Kenneth E. Goodpaster is Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas. His research has spanned a wide range of topics, from conceptual studies of ethical reasoning to empirical studies of the social implications of management decision-making. He is author of Perspectives on Morality (1976), Ethics and Problems of the 21st Century (1979), and the casebook Business Ethics: Policies and Persons (4th edn., 2006).