Welcome to the International Business Ethics Institute, the first organization dedicated to transnationalism in the field of applied business ethics, and specializing in global ethics training. These ethics related initiatives are consistent with the mission statements of the university, college and the spirit of Jesuit education. One of the weaknesses I have noticed in many studies of this topic is a narrow focus on the immediate transaction, without consideration of the long-term interests of both the customer and the business.
The more a country controls its markets, the greater the odds it will lose business to countries that impose fewer regulatory demands. Lawrence Kohlberg proposed that a person’s ability to deal with moral issues develops in six identifiable stages. Too often, however, many business owners think that business ethics training is a waste of time.
That is, I’m not just a professor — a philosopher teaching in a business school — and director of a research institute , but one who writes about issues of public significance in a very public way. I’ve started this blog as my own attempt to study and consider the topic of business ethics.
Carr compounds his error when he advises executives not to agonize over business decisions. In fact, it seems essential to do so. If ethics focuses entirely on actions that have already been taken, it has no value in guiding behavior. So, yes, I continue to blog, and write editorials, and get in front of TV news cameras, with considerable faith that my role as director of a research centre is secure.
When a business scandal erupts, the public will clamor for more government oversight. The subject matter of ethics is concerned with establishing linkages between individual good and social good. Donaldson, T. & T.W. Dunfee, 1999, Ties that Bind: A Social Contracts Approach to Business Ethics, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Press.