BMA735 Management Ethics
Suggested readings for essay topics
1. Do psychological understandings of moral judgement make normative approaches to business ethics obsolete?
Anscombe, GEM 1958, ‘Modern moral philosophy’, Philosophy, vol. 33, no. 124, pp. 119.
Flanagan, O, Ancell, A, Martin, S and Steenbergen, G 2014, ‘Empiricism and normative ethics: What do the biology and the psychology of morality have to do with ethics?’, Behaviour, vol. 151, no. 2-3, pp. 209-228.
Haidt, J 2001, ‘The emotional dog and its rational tail: a social intuitionist approach to moral judgement’, Psychological Review, vol. 108, no. 4, pp. 814-834 [on BMA735 Library Reading List].
Kohlberg, L 1976, ‘Moral stages and moralization: the cognitive-development approach’, in T Lickona (ed.), Moral Development and Behavior: Theory, Research, and Social issues, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York [on BMA735 Library Reading List].
Newstead, T, Macklin, R, Dawkins, S and Martin, A 2018, ‘What is virtue? Advancing the conceptualization of virtue to inform positive organizational inquiry’, Academy of Management Perspectives, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 443-457 [on BMA735 Library Reading List].
2. Should managers attempt to inculcate ethical behaviours in employees or is business ethics primarily a matter of personal integrity and autonomy?
Jones, TM 1991, ‘Ethical decision making by individuals in organisations: an issuecontingent model’, The Academy of Management review, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 366-395 [on BMA735 Library Reading List].
Stevens, B 2008, ‘Corporate ethical codes: effective instruments for influencing behaviour’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 601-609 [on BMA735 Library Reading List].
Trevino, LK, Hartman, LP and Brown, M 2000, ‘Moral person and moral manager: how executives develop a reputation for ethical leadership’, California Management Review, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 128-142.
Trevino, LK and Youngblood, SA 1990, ‘Bad apples in bad barrels: a causal analysis of ethical decision-making behaviour’, Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 75, no. 4, pp. 378-385 [on BMA735 Library Reading List].
Tsahuridu, EE 2005, ‘Do managers leave ethics at home: influences on ethical decisions in organizations and their implications for moral autonomy’, Philosophy of Management, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 55-70.
3. Is the Confucian tradition a sound basis for business ethics in contemporary China?
Bell, DA 2014, ‘Reconciling Confucianism and nationalism’, Journal of Chinese Philosophy vol. 41, no. 1-2, pp. 33-54.
Chan, GKY 2008, ‘The relevance and value of Confucianism in contemporary business ethics’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 77, no. 3, pp. 347-360.
Lam, K-CJ 2003, ‘Confucian business ethics and the economy’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 43, no. 1/2, pp. 153-161.
Wang, GW 2004, ‘The uses of dynastic ideology: Confucianism in contemporary business’, in F-J Richter and PCM Mar (eds), Asia’s New Crisis: Renewal through Total Ethical Management, Wiley, Singapore [on BMA735 Library Reading List].
Wang, XY, Li, F and Sun, Q 2018, ‘Confucian ethics, moral foundations, and shareholder value perspectives: An exploratory study’, Business Ethics: A European Review, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 260-271.
4. Will it be necessary for you sometimes, as Ian Narev reportedly said, to “temper your sense of justice” as a manager?
Butterfield, K, Treviño, LK and Weaver, GR 2000, ‘Moral awareness in business organizations: influences of issue-related and social context factors,’ Human Relations vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 981-101.
Carroll, A 2001, ‘Models of management morality for the new millennium’, Business Ethics Quarterly, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 365-371 [on BMA735 Library Reading List].
MacIntyre, A 1999, ‘Social structures and their threats to moral agency’, Philosophy, vol. 74, no. 3, pp. 311-329.
McKenna, R and Tsahuridu, EE 2001, ‘Must managers leave ethics at home? Economics and moral anomy in organisational decisions’, Philosophy of Management, vol. 1, no. 3, pp 67-76.
Sinnicks, M 2018, ‘Leadership after virtue: MacIntyre’s critique of management reconsidered’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 147, no. 4, pp. 735-746.